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A News Magazine published 

by Governor Dummer Academy 

FALL 1991 



Art Exhibit: Agnes K. Manning 

October 7 to October 26 

Reception, home of Missy and Steve Kasnet 
'62, Manchester, MA 

October 22 

Reception, home of Ginny and Frank 
Kitchell '35, Seattle, WA 

October 28 

Reception, Bohemian Club, San Francisco 

October 29 

Reception, home of Beverly and Ted 

Bergmann '37, Pacific Palisades, CA 

October 30 

Reception, home of Jackie and Tom Elder 
'56, Hingham 

November 5 

Drama Production: Romeo & Juliet 

November 7, 8 and 9 

Art Reception 

November 8 

Reception, home of Marcia and Bill Vose 
'60, Dedham 

November 19 

Reception, Lynnfield area 

December 3 

Alumni Winter Games 

January 11 

Recent Graduates' Dinner 

January 11 

Reception, home of Dan Cross '51, 
Washington, D.C. 

January 29 

Reception, home of Richard Guenther 71, 

February 12 

Reception, New York City 

March 3 

Reception, Vero Beach, FL 

March 9 

Reception, home of Everett Smith '31, 
Delray Beach, FL 

March 10 

Reception, home of Bob Schumann '40, 
Naples, FL 

March 11 

Alumni Spring Games 

May 30 

229th Commencement 

June 4 and 5 

Reunion '92 

June 12, 13 and 14 

t^ Archon 



FALL 1991 


GDA's 228th Commencement: Burgess, McCant and 
Winter Win Top Honors 12 

The Academy's newest alumni and their honors 
from last spring's commencement. 

Reunion '91: What Rain? 8 

Jubilant reunion classes ignore the lightning and rain, 
and enjoy forums, cookouts, an art show, a concert .... 

The Soul Survivor 16 

Archon Profile 

Artist John A. Bissell '57 defends the dignity of the 
animal kingdom while maintaining his own gentle 
sense of humor. 

". . . When Boys Wear Jackets and Ties" 

By Anne Mackay-Smith 75 

A personal retrospective on 20 years of Coeducation 

from one of the first 26 women at GDA. 

First in a series. 


On the cover: 

Among those observing GDA's 
twentieth anniversary of coeducation 
are (l-r) Class of '92 members 
Meghan Manzella, Amy Daniels and 
Danielle Dupre. 
(Photograph by Bill Lane) 

Gaining on Invisibility 

Archon Profile 

Timothy T. Crane 73 can't exactly show you what 
he's accomplished for the U.S. Bureau of Engraving; 
it's invisible. 


Class Notes 25 

From the Alumni Council 40 

Headmaster's Message 3 

Letters 2 

Milestones 23 

On Campus 4 

Sports 21 

The Archon is printed on recycled paper. 


August 5, 1991 

Back in the U.S.S.R.: Mark Myers 74 and 
Douglas Doty 73. 

I recently met up with Mark Myers 74 
in Tashkent, U.S.S.R. (and recognized him 
instantly after 18 years of not seeing him), 
where he and I were both working in 
different capacities and for different 

Enclosed for you, if you will publish it 
in an upcoming Archon, is a photo of us at 
the Tashkent International Hotel lobby, 
sitting in front of the present and past 
leaders of the Soviet Union and Russia. I 
am on the right. 

Best regards, 

Douglas Doty 73 

August 12, 1991 

With all due respect for the Class of 
'66 and its athletic heritage, I'd like to 
correct the record in the spring Archon. A 
story in that issue looking back on reunion 
classes and their eras at GDA touted the 
Class of '66's athletes. Included was trustee 
Dan Morgan, a proud member of the Class 
of '67. 

In fact, whatever the accomplishments 
of the class ahead of us, three of the 12 
varsity teams their senior year were 
captained by juniors: Dan (tennis), fellow 
trustee Bill Alfond (golf), and Keith Adolph 
(cross-country). All three were re-elected. 

Here's a question for GDA historians: 
Did any other class produce three two-year 


Ben Beach '67 
Bethesda, MD 

The above letters were among several 
positive responses we received as a result 
of a highly complimentary June 2 Boston 
Globe feature on GDA. 

2 The Archon - Fall 1991 

June 4, 1991 

I read with interest the article on 
Governor Dummer in last Sunday's Boston 

I think it was a deserving tribute to 
your values and beliefs, and your ability to 
bring them to life through Governor 

It is a wonderful thing when one's 
own success can be measured so positively 
in its effect on other people's lives. 


Stephen G. Morison P'88 

Marblehead, MA 

July 25, 1991 

As a graduate of [Headmaster Peter 
Bragdon's] first senior class, I cannot tell 
you how proud I was to read the article 
about Governor Dummer in the Boston 
Globe in June. I received it a few days ago 
in a package from my father, who was 
pleased to see that his money was obviously 
spent on something of quality. After reading 
it, I felt I had to write and send both 
congratulations and thanks. 

I am pleased to see that you are 
concerned about the diversity of the 
student body. Speaking as someone who 
has moved around a bit, I see such diversity 
as extremely important. Prep schools are 
still a bastion of the white upper middle 
class and this is to the disadvantage of 
students today. When I was at Fay School 
there was an English-as-a-second-language 
program there. As a result, we always had a 
number of South American, Middle Eastern 
and Asian students in the dorm. I think this 
was an excellent way to open the eyes of 
students. Obviously there were some 
clashes, but for the most part the entire 
community was richer for their presence. I 
have to admit things couldn't have been 
more different when I arrived at GDA; few 
students came from outside Massachusetts, 
let alone America. I honestly don't think I 
ever heard a foreign language spoken by 
students informally there. Exposure to 
cultural diversity broadens one's horizons 
tremendously. I wish you great success in 
making GDA a school rich in diversity, as I 
know it will only turn out a better graduate. 

Thank you again, Mr. Bragdon, for all 
the changes you have made. I am sure there 
are thousands of GDA alumni who feel the 
same pride I do. 


Paul Bartholomew '84 
London, England 

Editor's Note 

The term "women's issue" once 
referred to a publication often condescend- 
ingly directed toward so-called women's 
interests. The term later was converted to 
political usage, denoting women's struggle 
for equal rights and opportunities. On the 
occasion of the twentieth anniversary of 
women joining the Governor Dummer 
Academy student body, this edition of The 
Archon is a "women's issue" about the 
"women's issue" in that it presents — with- 
out condescension — the first in a series of 
articles examining women's roles, contribu- 
tions and expectations at the Academy. 

Anne Mackay-Smith 75 writes in this 
issue about her reflections on being one of 
the first 26 women to join the GDA student 
body since the turn of the century. Her 
retrospective after 20 years presents an 
important first step in understanding the 
Academy's conversion and the larger soci- 
etal role of women during the same epoch. 

The Archon invites others within the 
GDA community — men and women — to 
contribute their thoughts, impressions, re- 
membrances and opinions regarding women 
at the Academy. These may take the form of 
letters or feature-length articles — any form 
presenting lucid ideas or arguments that 
will provoke further discussion. The com- 
memoration of women at GDA will continue 
through 1995 — the year the first group of 
women graduated — but please don't wait; 
write now, while the inspiration moves you. 

Mistaken Identity 

Repeat after me: 

Stirn is at right, Powers left. 

A profile in the spring 1991 Archon 
entitled "A Lifetime of Surprises" contained 
something of a surprise for friends and fam- 
ily of Howard F. Stirn '41 and David L. 
Powers '52. The photograph accompanying 
the story about Stirn actually was Powers. 
The reason for the mix-up? The shot alleg- 
ing to be Stirn was taken from a photograph 
(reproduced here) of Stirn and Powers to- 
gether on the Stirns' Wyoming ranch. Our 
apologies to both men and all our unnec- 
essarily surprised readers. (We're pleased to 
say that the other picture accompanying the 
profile — of the Stirns' Jackson Hole home 
— is, indeed, the Stirns'.) — DLB 

Headmaster's Message 



Peter W. Bragdon. Headmaster 


David L. Bergmann 70 

William Lane 

Director of Development 
Stuart D. Chase P'83 '85 '87 

Director of Alumni Affairs 
Michael A. Heel 

Archon Advisory Board 
Bennett H. Beach '67 
John H. Costello, Jr. P'89 
Henry B. Eaton 70 
John P. English '28 
S. Joseph Hoffman P'83 
W. Newton Lamson II '58 
John S. Mercer '64 
Christopher M. Pope '65 
Abigail M. Woodbury 79 

Trustees of Governor Dummer Academy 

Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. '55, President 

Richard B. Osgood '53 P'85 '88, Vice President 

William B. Ardiff '55. Secretary 

Jeffrey L. Gordon '69, Treasurer 

William L. Alfond '67 

Elaine F. D'Orio P'88 

Shirley S. French P76 

Mirick Friend '59 

Michael E. Hoover 71 

Stephen G. Kasnet '62 

George D. Kirkham '51 

Mary F. Mack P'87'91'93 

George E. McGregor, Jr. '51 

Daniel M. Morgan '67 P'92 

Dodge D. Morgan '50 

William R. Plumer '53 

Jonathan S. Shafmaster '63. P'90 

Frederick M. Smith D '52 

John M. Timken. Jr. '69 

Courtney S. Wang 74 

Josiah H. Welch '47, P'80 '83 

Frederic B. Withington 

Alumni Trustee 
Timothy G. Greene '50 

Alumni Council 
John S. Mercer '64. President 
William B. Tobey 70, Secretary 
Deborah E. Adams 74 
Peter Arnold, Jr. 74 
Benjamin B. Brewster '43 
Richard D. Cousins '45 
Henry B. Eaton 70 
Daniel H. Emerson '50 
John P. English '28 
Trade Fomaro 77 
Ralph F. Johnson, Jr. '64 
Thomas H. Larsen '54 
Martha A. Lawlor '82 
Howard J. Navins '31 
John B. A. Nye '82 
Kathryn A. O'Leary '81 
George L. Richards III 77 
Peter M. Sherin '59 
Mark A. Whitney '81 
Abigail M. Woodbury 79 

The Archon is published three times a year (Fall, 
Winter and Spring) by Governor Dummer Academy. 
Byfield, Massachusetts 01922. Telephone: 508/465-1763. 
Letters are welcome from alumni, parents and friends 
of the Academy. 


biriong the great joys of a career in 
education is the enduring sense of pride 
and wonder at the accomplishments of 
Governor Dummer Academy community 

In going about our regular Academy 
business last week, I was impressed by the 
ability of two of our students to affect the 
climate of the Governor Dummer commun- 
ity. One, a junior, stood before the school at 
morning meeting and powerfully upbraided 
a segment of the student body for inappro- 
priate behavior. The other, a freshman, 
spoke to the school about painful personal 
experience, offering it as an object lesson 
that literally will save lives. 

In addition to the strength and 
passion of the messages these two speakers 
projected, I was impressed by the fact that 
they both were emerging as community 
leaders long before reaching their senior 
years. This says something extremely positive 
about Governor Dummer; we know we are 
doing something right when the lessons we 
are teaching are spoken spontaneously by 
our students. 

In a time when we are celebrating the 
twentieth anniversary of women at Governor 
Dummer Academy, it is timely to note that 
both students mentioned here are young 
women. It is not that it is unusual for 
women to take on positions of responsibility 
at GDA; it is not unusual at all. As I 
observe the contributions of young women 
here, it makes me wonder how the commu- 
nity existed for so long without girls. 

Governor Dummer's initial conversion 
to coeducation in 1971 comprised some 
uneasy, faltering steps through uncharted 
terrain. The editors of the 1972 Milestone 
apparently were witiiholding final judgment 
when they wrote, at the conclusion of that 
first coeducational year, "No great harm 
appeared to be done by adding girls to the 

Anne Mackay-Smith '75, who was 
among the first 26 modem-day female GDA 
students, describes that sometimes uncom- 
fortable process in this issue (". . . When 
Boys Wear Jackets and Ties"). Comparing 
the conversion to an "earthquake," she ac- 
knowledges in retrospect that the Academy 
"not only survived . . . but prospered." 

There are abundant signs that GDA 
has, indeed, prospered. It is a healthy sign, 
I think, that our 1991-92 student body pres- 
ident is Sofia Mahari, an extraordinary 
young woman who was chosen for her lead- 
ership, intelligence and sensitivity. I doubt, 
in fact, whether the GDA students who 
elected her even took her gender into con- 
sideration — an accomplishment that even 
their elders in national politics still cannot 
seem to emulate. 

Women have not single-handedly 
introduced sensitivity, honesty, scholarship 
and excellence to the Governor Dummer 
community; without their contributions, 
however, we all would have enjoyed those 
qualities far less. 

Also in this issue are profiles of 
alumni who are making their marks — quite 
literally — in the fields of art and science. 
Research scientist Tim Crane 73 holds the 
patent on a new process that renders invisi- 
ble an anti-counterfeit device in U.S. curren- 
cy. John Bissell '57 is an artist whose work 
is simultaneously humorous and dedicated 
to a serious purpose: the preservation of 
animal rights. Both these alumni attribute 
their successes, in part to the educations 
they received at Governor Dummer. 

I hope more alumni — men and 
women — will keep us informed of their 
accomplishments and opinions for 
publications in future Archons. 



t\j. /±L+* S~tJ^ 

Peter W. Bragdon, Headmaster 

The Archon - Fall 1991 3 

On Campus 

Class of '90 Sets Standard 

The Class of 1990, already recognized as 
an outstanding class, has brought further dis- 
tinction upon itself by becoming the youngest 
class ever to win an alumni award. The class cap- 
tured the Annual Fund's Howard J. Navins Bowl 
for 1990-91. The award recognizes the GOLD 
(Graduates of the Last Decade) class that achieves 
the highest member participation in the Annual 
Fund. With 59 pledges, the Class of '90 would 
have edged out the Class of '67 for the overall 
participation prize, but only 34 of those pledges 
were fulfilled. Michael Yeagley is the '90 head 
agent, aided by co-agents Margot Doyle, Kevin 
O'Handley and Beth Ashby. 

Class Distinction: Margot Doyle and Kevin 
O'Handley accept the Howard J. Navins Bowl on 
behalf of the Class of '90. 

Student Body Grows, Expands 

The Academy's 1991-92 student body of 
346 students represents 22 states and 16 
countries, making it the most diverse in GDA 
history. In addition to the six New England states, 
this year's students represent 16 other states, 
including California (14 students), Texas (four 
students), Illinois (six students) and Florida (two 
students). Nations represented include Finland, 
Ghana, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia and 
Spain. The four classes this year consist of 200 
boys and 146 girls. There are 228 boarding 
students and 118 day students, creating a 
boarding/day ratio of 65/35 percent. The 
students, who represent the largest overall 
student population in the Academy's 229-year 
history, include 72 freshmen, 90 sophomores, 91 
juniors and 93 seniors. 

Juniors Learn Leadership 

The junior class analyzed the successes and 
failures of John F. Kennedy as they participated in 
a pilot program at Boston's Kennedy Library on 
September 14. As part of the junior class' annual 
Leadership Weekend, the class first listened to a 
speech by Kennedy Library Director of Education 
John Stewart, and then saw a 30-minute film on 
the life of President Kennedy. They then broke 

4 The Archon - Fall 1991 

into six groups and discussed the topic of 
leadership, as it applied both to Kennedy and to 
their experience at GDA. The new program, 
designed by Kennedy Library staff and junior class 
advisors Kelly Eaton, Michael Heel and Alec 
White, is being developed for offering to other 
Massachusetts schools in the future 

Smith Leaves Legacy 

Former U.S. Senator Ben Smith '35, who 
died September 26 (Milestones, page XX), left a 
legacy to the Academy: the Benjamin A. Smith II 
Scholarship Fund. The late Smith, who spent a 
year at GDA and later filled John F. Kennedy's 
unexpired Senate term upon Kennedy's election 
as President, left instructions that contributions 
be made to endow the GDA scholarship in lieu of 

funeral flowers. To date, more than 100 donations 
have been made to the new scholarship fund 
designated for a deserving GDA student. 

Senior Parents Plan New Scholarship 

The 1992 Senior Parents Fund has set a 
goal of $110,000 this year to underwrite a new 
scholarship fund for GDA. Parents of graduating 
classes traditionally have contributed gifts to the 
Academy's endowment fund or capital cam- 
paigns. The classes of '90 and '91, for example, 
together underwrote a Young Master's Chair, 
providing a permanent endowment for a teach- 
ing salary. The Class of '92 Senior Parents 
Scholarship follows in that tradition with its 
scholarship, designed for a deserving GDA 
student. Paul Montminy is chairman of this 
year's effort. 

At A GDA Reception: Senator Smith '35 chats with Buster Navins 31. 

Seminar Tbpics Cross Academic 

A new interdisciplinary seminar series has 
returned for 1991-92 after a brief tryout last 
spring, and has begun by tackling the thorny 
issue of abortion in three separate meetings. 
The optional seminars, sponsored by the Aca- 
demic Affairs Committee, found great success 
last spring among students and faculty members 
who discussed topics ranging from pornography 
to revolution. Each subject encompasses various 
academic areas and requires reading assign- 
ments of all the participants. "The seminars use 
contemporary issues to frame student debates," 
explains GDA Director of Studies Brian Lenane, 
who created the new series. "The students 
incorporate ideas they've learned in the class- 
room — often without realizing it — and learn 
to formulate informed opinions. And besides 
showing the students the relationships among 
their academic subjects, it also demonstrates for 
them that GDA isn't just students and teachers; 
it's a community of learners'.' 

Annual Fund lb Raise $650,000 

The Annual Fund kicked off its 1991-92 
drive October 1, aiming for a $650,000 goal — 
the most ambitious in GDA history. GDA Trustee 
Daniel M. Morgan '67, who provided leadership 
in the Academy's recent capital campaign, has 
been named chairman of the Development 
Committee. Morgan said the Annual Fund, 
which provides 10 percent of the Academy's 
operating funds, is "essential to ensuring the 
continued excellence of Governor Dummer 
Academy, its programs and its services." The 
Parents Fund, an integral part of the Annual 
Fund, has set a goal of $110,000 for this year. 
Parents Fund Chairman Paul King P'94 notes 
that participation among parents has averaged 
about 75 percent in recent years, and adds, 
"We're planning to do even better this year" 
The Academy relies on alumni, alumnae, grand- 
parents, friends and matching gift organizations 
to reach the Annual Fund goal. 

Eight Join GDA Faculty 

"The very essence of an educational 
institution is its faculty," said Headmaster Peter 
W. Bragdon, recently introducing the eight men 
and women who have joined Governor Dummer 
Academy's 1991-92 faculty. "We are fortunate," 
he added, "to have been able to assemble a 
community of scholars and mentors that holds 
itself to a very high level of excellence." The new 
members are: 

Fontaine C. Bradley leaves private 
industry, where he has been a senior research 
scientist, to teach chemistry this year at the 
Academy. Dr. Bradley earned his B.S. in biology 
from Tufts University in 1973, and his Ph.D. in 
chemistry from the University of New Hampshire 
in 1984. The move to Governor Dummer marks 
a return to education for Dr. Bradley, who, be- 
tween 1973 and 1983, was a teaching assistant 
and fellow at the University of Maine, Bowdoin 
College and the University of New Hampshire. 
Since 1986, he has been a chemist for the bio- 
medical division of Johnson Matthew, Inc. in 
West Chester, PA. In addition to teaching chem- 
istry this year, Dr. Bradley is coaching club 
sports. He and his wife Kate, a local veterin- 
arian, are living in Ingham with their sons 
Russell, 4, and Alan, 2. 

Jeffrey B. Wotton is the Academy's new 
athletic trainer intern. A 1991 physical education 
graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he 
has been a student athletic trainer at UNH since 
1987. He lives in Rochester, NH. 

Joan R. O'Brien returns to Governor 
Dummer after a year's absence. (She taught 
history at GDA from 1987 to 1990.) Previously, 
Ms. O'Brien was a Peace Corps volunteer and 
training instructor in Benin, West Africa and a 
researcher and editor for the quarterly journal 
Africa Tbday. She is a 1980 Middlebury College 
graduate, having earned a master's degree in 
curriculum development and instruction of 
international studies from the University of 
Denver. In addition to teaching history at GDA, 
Ms. O'Brien is involved in the Community 
Service program. She also is a dormitory 
associate, as well as a soccer coach. She is 
quartered in Commons. 

IlaSahai Prouty takes over as art master 
for Roberta Britton, who is on a two-year sabba- 
tical in the Canary Islands. A 1991 graduate of 
Brown University, Ms. Prouty worked as a 
teacher's aide at the Rainbow Lake Alternative 
School in Covington, GA during 1991. A former 
consultant and trainer with Project Adventure, 
Inc. from 1987 to 1991, she also worked as an 
educator with Project Jump Start. At GDA she is 
also director of the art gallery and advisor to 
minority students, as well as a lacrosse coach. 
She lives in Gloucester. 

Karen A. Bouffard is the Academy's 
newest physics teacher, coming to GDA from 
Sacred Heart High School in Kingston, MA. 
While at Sacred Heart, she taught chemistry, 
physics and physical science and developed 
curricula for several related courses. Ms. 
Bouffard has been president of the American 
Association of Physics Teachers, and organized 
the Eastern Massachusetts Physics Olympics at 
Harvard University and the New England Phys- 
ics Olympics. In 1989 she was named Massachu- 
setts Science Teacher of the Year by the Massa- 
chusetts Science Teachers Association. A 1968 
graduate of Duquesne University, she earned her 
master's degree in chemistry at Emmanuel 
College, and currently is a candidate for a 
master's in physics education at the University of 
Massachusetts. She lives in West Newbury. 

Nancy M. Bailey replaces Marilyn Diehl as 
GDA's school nurse. Mrs. Bailey comes to the 
Academy from Father Bill's Place, where she 
provided health care to homeless adults. Previ- 
ously she was a school nurse for the Weymouth 
public schools and a substitute nurse for the 
Scituate and Weymouth schools. She received 
her nursing degree from the Catherine Laboure 
School of Nursing in 1956. The mother of seven 
children — including GDA English master 
Elaine White — Mrs. Bailey lives in the Duncan 
Health Center. 

Mary E. Leary takes on the position of 
GDA librarian this year, replacing Pattie Hall. 
She received a B.A. in sociology from Cardinal 
Cushing College in 1967. The head librarian at 
nearby Triton Regional School since 1987, Mrs. 
Leary was a teacher in the Salisbury and New- 
buryport school systems before going to Triton. 
From 1970 to 1973, Mrs. Leary served as vice 
principal of the Chester School in Chester, NH. 
She and her husband Peter have one son — 
who is at Triton — and live in Byfield. 

Sarah B. Southam joins GDA's Science 
Department as a biology teacher. Since 1988, 
she has taught mathematics at The Gunnery in 
Washington, CT. A 1987 graduate of Dartmouth 
College, where she earned a B.S. in chemistry, 
Ms. Southam received a master's degree in 
education from the Harvard Graduate School of 
Education in June, 1991. Ms. Southam is 
coaching field hockey and lacrosse this year. She 
and her husband Peter are living in Commons. 

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 

English master and sometime poet Wally 
Rowe went to Ireland last summer to look up an 
old friend — the minister who had married Wally 
and his wife Carol — and wound up digging up 
another. It seems the minister had moved to 
Ireland to become rector of a church once 
overseen by William Butler Yeats' grandfather. 
Carol reports, "Wally was so excited" to have 
found Yeats' tomb, a landmark in the church 

Weene Exhibit Set for Spring 

The work of award-winning artist Rosalyn 
Weene of Syosset, NY, will be the subject of a 
one-woman show in the Carl Youngman Gallery 
of GDA's Kaiser Visual Arts Center next June. Ms. 
Weene, who describes her painting style as 
"figurative, folkloric, hard-edged and 
psychological," currently is exhibiting her work in 
the Galerie Pons-Debord on Paris' Left Bank. She 
also has had exhibitions in New York, Florida, 
Kansas and Louisiana. 

"Portrait of the Artist's Husband as an 
Indian" by Rosalyn Weene, whose work will be 
shown at GDA in the spring. 

"Under bare Ben Bulbens head:" Wally Rowe 
visits the grave of WB. Yeats in Ireland. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 5 

On Campus 

Field House Grows 

GDA's new Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. Field 
House continues to take shape as contractors 
have been erecting its mammoth steel frame in 
recent weeks. The new 48,000-square-foot 
facility, which will eliminate the need for night 
athletic practices during the winter season, is 
scheduled for completion in late March. 

'59 Starts Brian Scholarship 

The Class of '59 has contributed nearly 
$10,000 to endow a scholarship in the name of 
classmate William L. Brian III, who died in a 
fire at his home in June, 1987. With the support 
and encouragement of Brian's family, '59er Peter 
Sherin wrote and telephoned each of his 50 
classmates to ask if they would contribute to the 
fund. The reaction was strong: nearly everyone 
responded. The GDA trustees long ago adopted 
a practice of using only half of a fund's earnings 
and reinvesting the remainder, so the principal 
paces inflation. In this way, the William L. Brian 
III Scholarship will endure forever. 

Going Up: 

The Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. Field House takes shape (The attached Alumni Gym is at left.) 

Scientific Mysteries Intrigue 

Students and faculty were challenged to 
explain scientific mysteries as the GDA Science 
Department presented a two-day "museum" 
September 12 and 13 in and around the 
Schumann Science Center. The "museum," which 
coincided with the start of the Academy's 
innovative SCIENCE 2000 program, offered 
hands-on exhibits that shared elements of biology, 
chemistry and physics. Each presented a scientific 
challenge, and asked viewers to make 
observations and formulate hypotheses to explain 
often puzzling phenomena. Science Department 
Chairman Stephen Metz said, "The primary goal 
was to generate some excitement about science 
right away — in the first two days of classes. And 
we did just that." Exposing the students to the 
fascination of biology, chemistry and physics is 
consistent with the goals of SCIENCE 2000, 
which integrates those traditionally separate 
disciplines. Among the exhibits —which ranged 
from an interactive computer that describes local 
wetlands to a sometimes messy demonstration of 
liquid surface tension — was an encoded 
message. Deciphered, it read, "Governor 
Dummer Academy science is fun." E3 

Solving Mysteries: Michael Tierney '95 determines the mass of a grain of rice in the Science 
Department's "museum." 

6 The Archon - Fall 1991 




Lf a "license to print money" is 
the ultimate money-making opportunity, 
then Timothy T. Crane 73 and his fam- 
ily's company have the penultimate: a 
license to make the paper on which all 
U.S. currency is printed. 

It is, perhaps, a little-known fact 
that the small (for its industry) western 
Massachusetts company has manufac- 
tured all U.S. currency paper for the past 
112 years. More newsworthy is the fact 
that Crane & Co. currently is fulfilling a 
new four-year federal contract to man- 
ufacture U.S. money paper containing 
some of the most dramatic changes in 

Crane & Co. is the 190-year-old 
Dalton, Massachusetts, company best 
known for its high quality papers that are 
most often seen as high-end personal 
stationery and wedding invitations. While 
currency paper constitutes approximately 
25 percent of the company's $100 million- 
plus sales, it is far less known for that 
division's work. Explains Crane with a 
laugh, "It's a very discreet business. We 
don't exactly advertise in the New Yorker 
that we sell banknote paper/' 

Beginning with the $100 bill, and 
soon extending to other denominations, 
most U.S. currency hereafter will contain 
two anti-counterfeit elements it never had 
before: (1) a printed polyester ribbon em- 
bedded in the fibers and (2) microprinting 
around the portrait on the face of the 
notes. The microprinting, applied by the 
federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing, 
can been seen only under magnification. 
Special printing on the polyester ribbon, 
however, is legible without magnification, 
but only when the bill is held up to a 
light source. And that is thanks to Tim 
Crane, the Crane & Co. research scientist 
who holds the basic patent on the 
invisibility process. 

While the alterations to the U.S. 
dollar represent some of the most signifi- 
cant in history, Crane says, "They're going 
to be greeted [by the public] with a great 
big shrug ... if they even know it's there." 
With a wry laugh, he explains that the 
U.S. government — and the American 
people — prefer it that way. 

Many attempts have been made 
over the years to change the look of U.S. 
paper money, he says. Watermarks, holo- 
grams and other devices were the subjects 
of various studies and experiments. "The 




Timothy T. Crane 73 

watermark idea bombed out because it's 
not really that good a counterfeit deter- 
rent and because it's very expensive," he 
says, adding, "The Bureau of Engraving 
prints the most and probably the least 
expensive currency of any country in the 

Crane says he watched a press run 
at the federal Bureau of Engraving as the 
government tried printing bills with hard- 
to-duplicate pastel colors. "The public 
will reject this as change', " was the final 
government verdict on each of these 
ideas, says Crane. 

Crane & Co., which also produces 
currency paper for nations including Mex- 
ico, Venezuela, Ecuador, Australia, Turkey 
and Argentina, had been working on the 
anti-counterfeit project for the U.S. Bur- 
eau of Engraving for more than seven 
years at a cost of more than $20 million. 
"Fundamental to their concept was the 
idea that anything we did had to be 
invisible," Crane says. 

"The United States dollar is more 
than a dollar; it is the global currency," 
says Crane, noting that "the perception 
that the dollar is rock-solid" is important 
both to international trading and to the 
American people. "There are warehouses 
full of Susan B. Anthony dollars," he says, 
referring to the U.S. government's failure 
to interest the public in choosing silver 
dollars over paper ones a few years back. 

Crane says currency is extremely 
important to the perception of a nation. 
Some six to eight months before Estonia 
declared its independence from the 
U.S.S.R., the emerging nation ordered 
currency paper from Crane & Co. "When 
a new country is emerging, it does two 
things first," he says: "Write a constitution 
and order currency." 

Ironically, Crane says, "The United 
States never really had a counterfeit prob- 
lem. We have a very effective system for 
preventing it." He explains that the Secret 
Service closely monitors the printing 
industry, investigating each time anyone 
purchases equipment or quantities of 
paper that would lend themselves to 

" 'The United States dollar is more 
than a dollar; it is the global 
currency,' says Crane noting that 
'the perception that the dollar is 
rock-solid' is important both to 
international trading and to the 
American people" 

The advent of high-resolution color 
copiers, however, "drove Washington to 
make a change," says Crane. "Digital 
image processing has been getting good 
enough to be a threat; it's a crime of 
opportunity, especially for casual 

Noting the company's tremendous 
investment of time and funds in the anti- 
counterfeiting project, Crane says. "We've 
never done such a large-scale develop- 
ment project." The risk obviously paid off, 
because now the Federal Reserve "wants 
more paper than we can possibly pro- 
duce." Crane says. 

Continued on page 24 

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X orums, cookouts, an art show, a 
concert, a summer storm and esprit de 
corps marked a jubilant Reunion '91, 
attended by nearly 200 alumni and 
alumnae in June. 

The alums, many of whom had 
spouses and children in tow, reacted 
enthusiastically to student performances 
and Sam Robbins '41 and his exhibit, 
"100 Years of American Still-Life 
Painting," in the Kaiser Visual Arts 
Center on the celebration's first night. 

Saturday's activities included a 
series of alumni forums hosted by Ken 
Bistany '51, George Boynton '56 and 
Cushing Strout '41. Topics for the 
forums, now in their second year, ranged 
from "Postwar Japan" to "The Real 
Estate Market" and "The Politicization of 
College Campuses." 

Golf occupied the classes of 71 
and '81, while others spent the afternoon 
on a Newburyport harbor cruise. It 
seemed members of all classes were 
wearing their complimentary "Reunion 
'91" t-shirts, which ran out early. 

The Class of 76 managed to have 
its pre-clambake cocktail party at the 
home of Steve French 76 before the 

What Rain? 


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skies opened up. The rain didn't seem to 
bother anyone, however, as many reun- 
ioners enjoyed the clambake under the 
tent, Old Guardsmen gathered at Buster 
and Fran Navins' home and the Class of 
'41 joined Peter and Dottie Bragdon at 
the Mansion House. 

The summer's loudest thunder- 
storm dampened the party that had been 
billed as "dancing under the stars," but 
reunioners didn't seem to mind; many 
reunion parties went on long into the 

Sunday's reunion chapel service 
was an eloquent display of fellowship. 
Tom Adams 76 told the gathering that 
"Governor Dummer helped put my life 
into perspective," and George McGregor 
'51 followed by saying that 40 years had 
not lessened his commitment to GDA or 
his friends. The Alumni Glee Club, under 
the direction of Old Guardsman Art 
Sager, provided an emotional conclusion 
to the weekend festivities. 

(For a more personal view of Reunion 
'91, see John Mercer's From the Alumni 
Council column on page 40.) 



8 The Archon - Fall 1991 

OLD GUARD: (l-r) CarlBuechner '31, Jim Gardiner '23, Storer Humphreys '22, 
John Chandler '29, Gerald May '26, Torn Sanders '36, Barbara Sanders, Bill Gove 
'32, John English '28, Robert Seavey '38, Putnam Flint '37, Bill Tbrrey '40, Charlie 
Henrich '38, Julian Hess '36, Jim Dupree '36, Ruth King, Stafford King '36, Harry 
Churchill '33, Warren Johnson '33. 

Alumni Forum: S. Cushing Strout, Jr. '41 holds forth at an alumni forum. 

Family reunion: 

George Boynton '56 (left) and brother Peter Boynton '61 

returned to campus for their 35th and 30th reunions 



George McGregor '51 (left) presents the Alumnus of the Year award to Tim 
Greene '50 (center) as Headmaster Peter Bragdon looks on. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 9 

50TH REUNION: (l-r) Jack Miller, Jim Monroe, Cushing Strout, Julio 
Ortega-Samper, Carmen Ortega-Samper, Paul Morgan, Taffy Hill, Dot 
Hill, Pete Hill, Sheila Robbins, Sam Robbins, Lib Goodhart, Dave 
Goodhart, Bill Abbott, Stub Webster, Dick Myman, Jean Newton, 
Feaster Newton. 

45TH REUNION: (l-r) Dave Flavin, Doug Miller, Ed Maxson, Bob 
Waugh, Paul Gaudin, Nancy Flavin, Meg Miller, Jack Deering '47, Nancy 
Maxson, Deborah Waugh, Bill Bailey '47, Rita Gaudin, Peter Wiles. 

40th REUNION: (l-r) George McGregor, Dave Pope, Ken Bistany, Don 
Paulson, Bill Atwell, Chuck Gesen, Ted Barrows, David Bullock, Fred 
Franzius, Chuck Hussey. 

35TH REUNION: (l-r) Joe MacLeod, Jim Dean, Tom Elder, George 
Needham, Hunt Blatchford, Vin Sgarzi, Chuck Duncan, George Boynton, 
Don Dunsford. 

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30TH REUNION: (l-r) Peter Boynton, Steve Sawyer, Tom McDonald. 

10 The Archon - Fall 1991 

25TH REUNION: (l-r): John Bryer, Ted Caldwell, Len Johnson, Marty 
Conn, Tim Keeney, Tbm Hildreth, Dave OUker, Dave Timker, Sid Baer, Tim 
Maier, Andy Leonard, Jim Connolly, Dana Woodward. 

15TH REUNION: (l-r) Sara Woods, Bill Woods, Alida and Christina 
Woods, Carol Ann Goldberg, Sara Davidson Garcia, Jill Leach Sarver, 
Deborah Gravelle Qua, Tbm Adams, Deb Pope Adams, Steve Spaulding, 
' Helaine Hughes, Joel Zafris Robidoux, Lisa Palais, H. Vlgur Aydin. 







20TH REUNION: (l-r) Gracen Fraser, Mike Hoover, Janet Hoover, Ed 
Shack, Wayne Gray, Lynn, Mike and Benjamin Wellman, Rick Barrett, 
Warren Ross, Barry Burlingham, Gillian Burlmgham, John dayman, Mark 
Fraser, Steve Salloway, Rich Guenther, Chuck Samaras, Mike Wellman. 


10TH REUNION: (l-r) Richard Aranosian, Tom Johnson, Mary and Alex 
Arguello, Ivan Arguello, Lisa Louden, Kathym O'Leary, Chris leel, Claire 
Putnam, Jamie Stone, Abby Castle, Patty Adell, Eric Adell, Antea von 
Henneberg, John Cole, Nick Griffin, Clarissa Dane, Sue Perry, Peter 
Brandli, Mike Reilly, Richard Martin, Beth Menyhart, Mike Menyhart. 

5TH REUNION: (l-r) David Greenstein, Michael Malamud, George 
McCarthy, Andy Eaton, Alison Zweil, Blake Underhill, John Bailey, Noah 
Wendler, Bill Sweeney, Monique Proulx, Tim Nesbit, Victoria Krasnakevich, 
Alex Marculewicz, Jeneanne Pina Graham, Chris Tlvomey, Karen Tucker, 
Rees Fischer, Eric Krukonis. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 11 



Catherine D. Burgess of Andover 
and Leslie L. McCant of Willingboro, NJ, 
were awarded Governor Dummer Acade- 
my's highest awards during the Academy's 
228th Commencement exercises June 6 
and 7. 

Boston Museum of Science Presi- 
dent David W. Ellis, delivering the gradua- 
tion address, stressed the importance of 
science education today. He told the grad- 
uates, "It is impossible to be an effective 
participant in society without having some 
understanding of science and technology." 

Burgess was named recipient of the 
Morse Flag as "the senior whose record 
in all respects meets the highest approval 
of the faculty." Elected to the GDA Honor 
Society and chair of the Social Commit- 
tee, Burgess was co-MVP and an All- 
League member of the women's varsity 
soccer team. She also has been director 
of the French Building Proctors, a 
student tutor and a Big Sister. She is 
attending Boston College this fall. 

McCant received the Academy Prize 
as "the senior whose unselfishness and 
sportsmanship has best exemplified the 
spirit of the school." A member of the 
GDA Honor Society and winner of last 
year's Columbia University Book Prize, 
McCant was one of the seniors chosen to 
speak at this year's Baccalaureate. She 
also was captain of the women's varsity 
basketball team and the women's varsity 
track team, and president of GDA's Afro- 
American/Latino Association. McCant 
entered Lafayette College in September. 

Kori Winter of Newbury received 
the Thorndike Hilton Cup, which is 
awarded annually to the ranking scholar 

Catherine Burgess, 

Leslie McCant, 

Kori Winter 

Top Honors 


Teresa Perez of Spain receives the Foreign 
Exchange Student Recognition from Headmaster 

of the senior class. Winter also was 
presented Moody Kent Prize in Science 
and the Cumings Prize for showing "per- 
severance, hard work and good spirit 
contributing to the welfare of the school." 

The Peter Marshall French Trophy 
was awarded to Aaron A. Dibble of 
Exeter, NH. The inscription on the award 
reads "... To a student . . . whose perse- 
verance, sportsmanship and generous 
spirit on the playing field, regardless of 
distinction as an athlete, represent the 
highest standards of participation." Dibble, 
an honor roll student, was a member of 
the varsity football team and was named 
co-MVP of the varsity wrestling team. He 
is attending the University of Colorado. 

Brian J. Novelline won the Goodwin 
Athletic Prize, directed to "... the senior 
who by his athletic achievement and 
sportsmanship has brought the greatest 
honor to his school during the past year" 
Novelline, of Andover, captained the 
Academy's soccer, hockey and baseball 
teams and was named to all-league teams 
in the three sports. He entered Dart- 
mouth College in September. 

The Anne Marie Murphy Athletic 
Award was presented to Alexis C. Colby, 
who "by her example and achievements in 
athletics, has brought greatest honor to 
her school during the past yearf' The 
Ipswich native has gone undefeated in the 
1500-meter run the past two years. She 
was named an Independent School 
League All-Star in her junior and senior 
years, and a Boston Globe All Scholastic 
runner in her senior year. Colby is attend- 
ing Trinity College this fall. 

Student Speaker: 

Michael Aron '91 addresses the Baccalaureate 

12 The Archon - Fall 1991 

Commencement awards to graduates 

The Thespian Award: 

Brienne L. Bourn of Stratham, NH 

The Barriskill Prize: 
Jeffrey M. Panall of New bury port 

The Mercer Art Prize: 
Jef Santonelli of Rockport 

The Gaffney Prize: 

Ashfaque A. Mecca of India 

The Alumni Association Award: 
Mia K. Lindenfelzer of By field 

The Wilkie Service Award: 
Stacy L. Gillis of Newburyport 

The Academy's Special Prizes: 
Nathan G Britton of South Hamilton 
Alexandria! Vincent of By field 
Dorothy A. Simons of Nashville, TN 
Nicole F LaTbur of Weston 
Ruby A. Van Loan of Bedford 

Moody Kent Prizes: 
Daniel R. Dalessio of Box ford, English 
Nathan G. Britton of South Hamilton, 

Eric M. Kaiser of Belmont, Mathematics 
Kori Winter of Newbury, Science 
Charles J. Peterman of Valencia, CA, 

Jeffrey M. Panall of Newburyport, 

Barry M. Hugo of Lawrence, French 
K. Brooke Whiting of Tbpsfield, Spanish 
Mia K. Lindenfelzer of By field, German 
R. Ibdd Graff of North Andover, Latin 
Dana A. Ambrosi of West Newbury, Art 

The Ambrose Speaking Awards: 
Charles F Rodman, of Framingham, 

first place 
Brienne L. Bourn of Stratham, NH, 

second place 
Bethany Stewart of Tbpsfield, 
third place 

Guest Speaker: 

Character actor Howard Zuker addresses the 

school at Baccalaureate 

Flanked by Honorees: 
Science master Susie Childs congratulates 
Academy Prize winner Leslie McCant (left) and 
Morse Flag winner Cathy Burgess. 


Alexis Colby '91 receives the Anne Marie Murphy 
Award for her athletic achievements. 


Science master Doug Miller '46, retiring after 37 years, says his final goodbyes. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 13 

Undergraduate awards include: 

The Ingham Fund Scholarship: 
Ardy Louis of Lawrence 

The Francis Scholarship: 

Erin R. Elwell of Newburyport 
The Hale Scholarship: 

Jacqueline S. Hogan of Ijjnn 
The Columbia University Book Award: 

Ana G Garcia of Los Angeles 
The Harvard Book Prize: 

S. Kate Atkins of Newburyport 
The Whittemore Award: 

Cory D. Crain of Troy, MI 
The Holy Cross Book Prize: 

Grace P. Jeanes of Mercersburg, PA 
The Colby College Book Prize: 

K. Brooke Whiting of Tbpstield 
The Memorial Mathematics Prize: 

Emily S. Keaney of Gonic, NH 
The Edmund Coffin Colman Language Prize: 

Charisse C. Charley of Los Angeles 
The Brown University Book Award: 

Jennifer D. Noon of Portsmouth, NH. 


Trustees President Carl A. Pescosolido, Jr. '55 presents the Thomdike Hilton Cup to Kori Winter '91. 


Dr. David Ellis, president of Boston's Museum of 
Science, presents the commencement address. 


Headmaster Peter W. Bragdon presents Ruby Van Loan '91 with one of the Academy's Special Prizes. 

14 The Archon - Fall 1991 


Brian Novelline '91 wins the Goodwin Athletic 

Prize for his athletic achievements. 

New Alumnus: 

Mia Linden felzer '91 receives the Alumni 
Association Award from Association president 
John Mercer '64. 


Top Speaker: 

Charles Rodman '91 is acknowledged by Trustees President Carl A. Prescosolido, Jr. as first-place winner 

in the Ambrose Speaking Awards. 


The headmaster presents the Gaffney Prize to 

Ash Mecca '91. 


Brienne Boum '91 is graphic in conveying her 

ThcArchon - Fall 1991 15 



. . . V>/ne of the most per- 
plexing reasons for excluding animals 
from being direct objects of moral 
concern is the assertion that whereas 
man has an immortal soul, animals are 
not so endowed." 1 

It is apparent to anyone seeing his 
art that John A. Bissell '57 believes very 
strongly that animals do deserve man's 
moral concern and, indeed, do have souls 
comparable to our own. And it is just as 
evident that Bissell, for all his sensitivity 
about this issue, also has managed to 
maintain his quiet sense of humor. 

The images on these pages 
represent a theme Bissell, a painter, 
photographer and printmaker, has been 
pursuing since reading a newspaper 
article about endangered species in 1974. 
"I realized how important it is that 
they're protected," he explains. 




John A. Bissell '57 

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Portrait of the Artist: 
John Bissell today. 

Exceptional Qualities: 

A ram in this John Bissell painting projects the artist's belief in animals' intrinsic 
strength and dignity. 

In the introduction to a display of 
his work in The Fishy Whale Press' 
Tiventy-fifth Anniversary Museum 
Traveling Exhibition publication, Bissell 
writes, "Over a million species of animals 
have been described to this date. The 
total number of laboratory animals that 
are killed in a year in the world is 225 
million. In past years there has been a 
growing interest in animals as objects of 
moral concern. ... All protected and 
domesticated animals and birds should 
have the right to life, the right to be 
protected from suffering and the right to 
live life according to their nature. These 
are basic rights that should be legally 
codified for animals." 

"The purpose of the animal show 
painting," he continues, "is to put animals 
in a distinguished formal status, remind- 
ing us that animals are becoming more 
and more objects of moral concern." 

While his depiction of farm animals 
might not surprise Bissell's GDA class- 
mates who remember his Midwestern ori- 
gins, it is a far cry from the work he had 

By the time the Dubuque-born 
Bissell entered Governor Dummer in 
1953, his father wrote on his application, 
he was "more familiar with sawmills, lum- 
ber yards and San Francisco cable cars 
. . . than he is with Latin." Bissell's father, 
an executive with a wood-products man- 
ufacturing concern, explained on the 
application, "This is partly because I have 
always taken him with me on business 
trips when I thought it would broaden his 

According to the elder Bissell's 
application notes, young John "works on 
my collection of antique automobiles, 
maintains [a] Chris-Craft runabout, has [a] 
model railroad, [and] has made trips on 
D&R-W narrow gauge lines in Colorado. 
A rail fan." He added, regarding his son, 
"[He] wants to work in our Dubuque mill, 
which has 550 woodworking machines." 

After completing four years at 
GDA, Bissell spent three years studying 
engineering at Iowa State University. "I 

16 The Archon - Fall 1991 

Art Appreciation: 

Animals enjoy an alfresco exhibit in an untitled Bissell painting. 

Art and Soul: 

An untitled photograph by John Bissell brings together animals and art. 

studied architecture for a while," he ex- 
plains, but ultimately received a bachelor 
of fine arts degree from the Kansas City 
Art Institute. Two years later, he had 
earned a master of fine arts degree from 
the University of Iowa. 

In his early years as an artist, 
Bissell drew on his experience in both art 
an engineering, working as a designer in 
Chicago and Dubuque. The transition to 
animals, he says, represents an 
"evolution" in his work. 

Fresh from Dubuque: 

John Bissell '57 as he appeared when entering GDA. 

"Animals have exceptional qualities, 
are gentle, whimsical, beautiful, mysteri- 
ous and even poetic" writes Bissell in the 
Fishy Whale publication, though the 
description could as well be used on his 
paintings and photographs. 

Bissell, who completed four suites 
of lithographs in 1981, has had his work 
exhibited widely, including group shows at 
Ohio State University, the Iowa State Fair, 
the University of Dubuque and the Free- 
port Art Museum in Freeport. Illinois, pa 


Bissell's anthropomorphic cows are art lovers. 

'John A. Bissell. "The Fishy Whale TWenty-first 
Anniversary Museum Traveling Exhibition," 1988. 
(By permission of the author.) 

The Archon - Fall 1991 17 

"...When Boys 
Wear Jackets 
and Ties" 

A Retrospective On 20 Years 
Of Coeducation From One Of 
The First 26 Women At GDA 

by Anne Mackay-Smith 75 

Ttoenty years ago last spring, Fiona 
Harris and I, eighth graders at nearby 
schools, took part in a one act play at 
Governor Dummer Academy. One even- 
ing, our fellow actors — both GDA 
juniors — suggested we go with them to 
a professional theater performance at 
Thompson Auditorium instead of 
rehearsing (for them, attendance was at 
"headmaster's invitation"). 

We approached Thompson from 
the upper road, the big picture window 
toward us. At that time it housed the 
grill, where a crowd of students were 
fortifying themselves for the coming 
ordeal. As we drew near, Fiona and I 
became aware of something peculiar: the 
window was full of boys, laughing, 
elbowing one another, cheering, howling. 
It was astounding; so was the realization 
we — Fiona and I, or a combination of 
us and our escorts — had triggered it. 
The response had nothing to do with us 
personally. It was simply the fact that we 
were girls, and we were there. 

The following autumn, there were 
26 of us, and we were there for good. 
Changing from a single-sex to a coed 
school is a tricky proposition, but by 
September, Governor Dummer was in the 
thick of it, and Fiona and I were two of 
the seven girls in the freshman class. 
Boys, as I recall totaled about 200, so at 
slightly under ten percent of the student 
body, we represented little more than a 
good start on the process. In those sun- 
ny, slightly cool fall days, everyone had a 
sense that going coed involved more 
than having appropriate bathrooms and 
locker rooms, but no one was quite sure 
what those additional efforts might entail. 

Those first days, in many ways, 
were strange days, indeed. To someone 
watching the stream of students going 
from class to class must have seemed 
little different from the year before. But 
small as our numbers were, we girls 
attracted a disproportionate amount of 
attention: not an easy proposition when 
coping with the confusions of a new 
school, being in high school and 
adolescence to boot. 



Not one of us, I think, could help 
but be aware of that attention. Walking 
from class to class, you got the kind of 
constant covert glances that make you 
suspect your slip is showing or a strategic 
button undone. Same problem walking 
into the dining hall, through the line to 
get food, and then finding a seat. I had a 
few moments of terror on the first day 
before I found an empty seat in the midst 
of a little enclave of girls. And one of us 
— I think it was Bunny Read — suffered 
the ignominy of dropping her tray. She 
received the customary round of applause, 
which petered out when people realized 
the center of attention was a girl. 

The school, I think, had wrestled a 
good deal with the problem of what they 
were going to do with us once we arrived. 
The administration hired Sandra Soma to 
teach French, coach us in soccer and 
teach modem dance. It made strenuous 
scheduling efforts to avoid placing any girl 
alone in a classroom full of boys. And 
they turned the entire second floor of 
Boynton House over to us: four dorm 
rooms became a smoking lounge, study 
hall and two locker rooms. 

The efforts had mixed results. I 
wonder how long it was before Sandra 
Soma realized she had been set an im- 
possible task: whipping into a soccer team 
26 girls who ranged from athletically tal- 
ented (like Pam McElroy) to those who 

In the fall of 1971, Governor Dummer Academy admitted its first female 
students since 1901. Those first 26 girls — and the nine girls who would 
be the first to graduate in 1973 — marked a major turning point in the 
Academy's long history. GDA will spend the next two years commem- 
orating the twentieth anniversary of women at the Academy. This is the 
first in a series of Archon articles examining the roles and celebrating 
the contributions of women to the GDA community. 

18 The Archon - Fall 1991 

(like myself) considered it a triumph of 
achievement to walk in a straight line. 
(Our enthusiasm, too, was not all it might 
have been. It was Anne Marie Murphy, 
ironically enough, who led the rest of us 
in a lackadaisical stroll straight back to 
Boynton after a short practice, pointedly 
deaf to Ms. Soma's pleas that we run 
three laps around the tennis courts first.) 
And through some scheduling glitch, I 
seem to recall that six of the freshman 
girls were placed in one section of the 
class while Pam Blanchard landed alone 
in the other. We surged through the first 
day of classes in a cohesive little group, 
while she wandered in to find herself the 
sole girl in class after class. 

But in those early weeks, Boynton 
House was a resounding success. We 
packed in the northeast room that was 
the lounge every afternoon. The air 
turned blue with smoke and the mood 
verged on raucous: loud talk, occasional 
squeals and the laughter of released 
tension. This was where stories were 
exchanged: information received and 
embarrassment commiserated with: the 
girl whose purse burst open to reveal, 
humiliatingly, a tampon; the rumor, 
apparently well-founded, that every girl 
had been given a campus nickname, few 
complimentary, many unprintable ( I never 
inquired about mine; if I had one, I didn't 
want to know); the story that at an away 
game, a GDA male was had been asked 
"how the girls were" at Governor 
Dummer. The boy had shaken his head 
and answered, "Pretty bad." 

Anne Mackay-Smith 75 

That last one created a consid- 
erable amount of indignation, and a sense 
of injury. It was evidence that we were 
being judged, and harshly, according to 
some standard we had no say in establish- 
ing; and I think we felt, rightly, that the 
boys as a group weren't being put to such 
tough tests. Such comments do little for 
your self-confidence, hard enough to 
sustain at that age; given such reports, 
why did they think it was so hard to 
persuade us to be cheerleaders? 

"I know from the never-ending 
stream of newspaper articles and 
from conversations in office bath- 
rooms that people are still trying to 
determine just what the heck it is 
girls wear when boys wear jackets 
and ties." 

Our afternoon retreat to Boynton 
House may have enhanced the mystery of 
our presence on campus. I was once 
asked by a male student, with some curio- 
sity, just why it was girls went there, and 
what it was we did. A little defensively I 
named the four rooms and their stated 
purposes. But Boynton House wasn't just 
where we went to smoke, or where we 
went to study, or where we went to 
change: in a way, it was where we went to 
hide. It was hard to be a constant curio- 
sity, and there was a certain amount of 
pressure to our position. The problem 
with being a minority — any minority — 
is that every act becomes emblematic for 
the entire group; and every failure, 
whether of judgment, intellect, appear- 
ance, or coordination, becomes an 
indictment of the whole. Everyone was 
wondering what it would be like to have 
girls, in a sense: whether they would be 
smart, pretty, talented, obtuse, emotional, 
argumentative, naive, coordinated, difficult, 
or a problem. So any action — a stupid 
question in class, a poorly chosen blouse, 
a pratfall on the dining hall floor — 
might be extrapolated to the entire sex. 
Boynton House was where we could go to 
relax, lick our wounds and regroup. 

What strikes me, in retrospect, is 
that there was an unusual fellowship 
among the girls in the first days of co- 
education: freshmen hobnobbing with 
juniors, smokers with non-, girls who were 
decidedly cool with those who in a later 
era have been known as nerds or tweeds. 
Cliques would come later; in the earliest 
days of co-education, if you were a girl 
you had a claim on any other girl's con- 

versation, friendship or, at least, company, 
by sole virtue of the fact that you were of 
the same sex. This was a definite gain, 
and fun. I liked being friends with girls 
who in other circumstances might have 
never spoken with me, hearing their 
music, reading their books, learning from 
their experiences. We were members of 
the same club due to the shared experi- 
ence of being the first girls. When old 
soldiers talk about the uniqueness of boot 
camp friends, I know what they mean. 

It didn't last long, of course, and 
for all the right reasons. By the time a 
few months had passed, we were begin- 
ning to meld into the life of the school, 
and Boynton House began to empty out. 
It was increasingly clear that the differ- 
ences among 26 individuals who hap- 
pened to be girls were far greater than 
their similarities. We began to divide by 
class and by common interest. I gravitated 
toward the drama society: when a handful 
of girls audition for a handful of parts, 
you were pretty much guaranteed success. 
Others began to write for the paper, to 
frequent the art room; smokers quickly 
moved to the common, i.e., coed lounges. 
Fiona, who was determined to play bas- 
ketball, even managed to find a place for 
herself on the freshman squad. We took 
tests, played lacrosse in the spring and 
studied in the library. 

There were still occasional remind- 
ers of our unusual status, and the fact 
that having us there could be confusing. I 
have a memory of Marshal Clunie stand- 
ing in school meeting and announcing 
with great confidence, "Boys will wear 
jackets and ties, and girls will wear — " 
more lamely "— whatever it is girls wear 
when boys wear jackets and ties." I also 
remember hearing one boy describe what 
may have been the most embarrassing 
moment of his freshman year: at practice 
one day, Fiona had the ball, and he was 
preventing her from taking a shot. From 
the sidelines, one of the coaches called 
out, with a broad grin, "O'Donnell! Watch 
your hands.*" He whipped them behind 
his back, face crimson, I suppose to 
everyone else's amusement; and from that 
moment, no one ever forgot that Fiona 
wasn't just another basketball player, but a 
girl. That one cheap joke must have 
made basketball less fun for her, and life, 
indirectly, a little harder for all the girls. 
Though it was one of relatively few such 
mistakes, I still find it hard to forgive 

The following autumn, there were 
41 girls enrolled at Governor Dummer, 
close to triple the previous year, though 
still less than a third of the student body 
You were never the only girl in a class, 
rarely the first girl to do something, fre- 
quently one of many: there seemed to ho 

The Archon - Fall 1991 19 

girls whichever way you looked. We had a 
real hockey team with a real coach and a 
real schedule, and so many girls in sports 
that some decided to go off and run cross 
country instead. Seats in the dining hall 
were no longer a problem (it was even 
possible to sit with boys without being the 
focus of gossip). It became tougher to get 
parts in plays: I moved from speaking 
parts back to the chorus. Girls had been 
at Governor Dummer the previous year, 
and girls were there, now, a normal part 
of the life of the school; they might have 
been there forever. There were still mile- 
stones to be passed, of course: girls be- 
came a full time presence on campus only 
when boarders arrived in the fall of 1973. 
And though Randi Birenbaum was named 
editor of the Governor in 1973, at least 
eight years passed (the fourth Mackay- 
Smith sister was then enrolled at GDA) 
before any girl was named to head the 
yearbook. But to all intents and purposes, 
the excitement and the novelty of our 
presence was over: we had reached 
critical mass. 

I am impressed, now, by how quick- 
ly that happened, and how fast the initial 
shocks were not only over, but almost for- 
gotten. It's remarkable because what was 

"The whole process of co-education strikes me as being a lot like an 
earthquake . . . There's a burst of intense movement, wild excitement, utter 
confusion, fear; then the shaking stops, and everything seems normal 
again, except that a lot of old structures have come down, and a lot of new 
ones are going to have to be built in their place." 

happening at the time, not just at Gover- 
nor Dummer but at almost every other 
school and college like it, was a monu- 
mental piece of social change: a great step 
forward not just for women, but for men, 
too. What took a long time was waiting for 
it to happen. The whole process of co- 
education strikes me as being a lot like an 
earthquake, in fact. For decades, there's 
no perceptible change in the lay of the 
land; only a slow, inexorable pressure on 
those massive plates underground. Then, 
suddenly, there's a burst of intense move- 
ment, wild excitement, utter confusion, 
fear; then the shaking stops, and every- 
thing seems normal again, except that a 
lot of old structures have come down, and 
a lot of new ones are going to have to be 
built in their place. 

71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 


This chart shows how the number of women at GDA has increased from the initial 26 in 1971 to the 
current 146. 


Anne Mackay-Smith 75 in her senior year at GDA. 

The whole point of this piece is to 
share one person's view (with all attendant 
errors, omissions and memory glosses) of 
what it was like to be at Governor Dum- 
mer 20 years ago during the "earthquake." 
But the fact is, that was the easy part. 
Building the new structures is what's hard, 
and that is still going at GDA, I suspect, 
as it is everywhere else. Women can 
become members of an organization, a 
club, a profession, a school, fairly quickly 
and easily. It takes much longer for them 
to be fully accepted, and fully respected. 
There's still often the sense that we are 
different, we are strange, and that what is 
expected of us, both more or less, is not 
the same as what is expected of men. 

The problems that come after the 
first burst of change are more subtle, and 
harder to fix: remarks about appearance, 
belittling jokes, standards that change, 
consciously or unconsciously, according to 
the sex of the person being judged. People 
also lose enthusiasm for the process, once 

Continued on page 24 

20 The Archon - Fall 1991 

GDA Sports 


Governor Dummer's varsity football team 
was undefeated as they neared the half-way mark 
in the fall season. By all indications, the team 
has a good chance of repeating last year's 
championship ways. Elsewhere on the playing 
fields, results for the early part of the season 
have been mixed. 


The Governor Dummer varsity football 
team began its season by defeating Thayer 
Academy (35-21) in what coach Paul Sullivan 
called "a very physical, hard-hitting game." 
Trailing their opponents for a time, the 
Governors scored 15 unanswered points in the 
last quarter to surge ahead of Thayer and claim 
the win. 

Continuing their success, the team went 
on to trounce St. Paul's (49-6), scoring first and 
keeping up their assault throughout the game. 

The Governors next crushed Brooks 
(42-8) on Brooks' parents' weekend. Starting 
with an early 7-0 advantage, the GDA team 
ended the quarter with a 14-0 advantage. 

At presstime, the undefeated team was 
tied for first place in the Independent School 

The season's outstanding players to date 
include quarterback Jim Cavanaugh '93, 
halfback Corey Crain '94, linebacker and guard 
Jason Benedict '94, tackle Mike Holbrook '94, 
linebacker tri-captain Nick Tibbetts '92, 
linebacker tri-captain Randy Hemming '92, 
halfback Joe Kirch '93 and wide receiver Andre 
Sheffield '91. 

Men's Cross-Country 

The men's varsity cross-country team has 
met with mixed success to date, beginning with 
a split in the first interscholastic quad meet of 
the season beating St. Sebastian's (16-39) and 
losing to Milton (25-36) and Thayer (24-37). 

The team's next competition concluded 
with two wins and one loss as the Governors 
beat Buckingham-Browne & Nichols (24-32) and 
Tabor Academy (1841). but lost to St. George's 

Injuries and illness accounted for losses 
to Brooks (16-47) and St. Mark's (2041), 
preventing two of the top runners, Gil Farmer 
'94 and Sean Colgate '93, from finishing that 

Overall, the team record stood at 3-5-0 at 

Coach David Abusamra notes that Farmer 
has established himself as one of the fastest 
runners in the league by running the 5 K in a 
record time of 16:33 minutes. The coach also 
praises co-captain Jim Walsh '93 , Tim O'Keefe 
'94 and Elgin Stallard '94 for their speed, talent 
and diligence. 

Breaking Through: 

Cory Crain '93 finds a hole in the Brooks defenses. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 21 

GDA Sports 

Men's Soccer 

The men's soccer team started strongly 
this fall, topping Lawrence Academy (1-0) in the 
season opener. They followed that success by 
beating Roxbury Latin (1-0), tying Thayer 
Academy (3-3) and coming back strong to beat 
St. Sebastian's (5-2). 

The team has suffered losses to St. Paul's 
— in a (3-2) "heartbreaker of a game" — and to 
Groton (3-1). The team also suffered a 
disappointing loss to Brooks (2-1) in the Navins- 
Euydens Cup competition. 

At presstime, the men ranked sixth in the 
Independent School League with a record of 

Coach Michael Karin attributes much of 
the team's early success to a pre-season team 
trip to Canada, where GDA's soccer team played 
local Canadian teams. These competitions 
helped "to unify and gel the team," Karin said. 

Among the team's outstanding players this 
season are co-captain halfback Devin Sullivan 
'92, forward Brendan Forrest '94, halfback Josh 
Nelken '94, forward Matt Casellini '93 and co- 
captain defenseman Jed Murdoch '92. 


Josh Nelken '94 dribbles through his opponent as 
Jeremy Lyons '93 provides back-up. 

J**+ <*#"*+ 


On the Run: 

Lisa Widdecke '92 stays a step ahead of her competition. 

MU nJURi »V •*., 

Field Hockey 

The varsity field hockey team has not 
found much success since losing its opening 
game to St. George's (4-1) and tying Thayer 
Academy (0-0) in a game described as "a moral 
victory" by coach Sally Jarrett. 

The team has been consistent and strong, 
and has played well defensively, but has been 
pitted against tough, competitive teams, accord- 
ing to Jarrett. Many of the winning goals, in 
fact, have been scored in the games' closing 

This pattern was responsible for losses to 
Andover (3-2), St. Paul's (3-0), Milton (3-0) and 
Brooks (3-0). To date, the team shows a league 
record of 0-4-1. 

Dawn Morrill '93, Lisa Widdecke '92 and 
Cara Endyke '93 stand out as the team's top 
players, according to Jarrett, who notes that all 
team members show promise that could improve 
the squad's fortunes. 

Women's Soccer 

Despite beginning the fall season with 
"strong efforts and gutsy performances," the 
women's soccer team had been unable to 
conquer an opponent at presstime. 

The team lost its initial game to St. 
George's (3-0), and later bowed to Nobles (5-0), 
Thayer Academy (5-0), St. Paul's (7-0) and 

Brooks (6-1). A 2-2 tie with Groton leaves the 
women with a league record of 0-5-1 to date. 
Despite the disappointing scores, GDA's 
defense has been strong, notes coach Susan 
Perry. Sara Wayne '94 and captain Amy Daniels 
'92 have been stalwarts of that defense. Other 
accomplished team members to date include 
Tara Ryan '92, Karen Filip '93 and Rachel 
Haynes '93. 

Women's Cross-Country 

The women's varsity cross-country team 
has also had a mixed season to date. 

The Governors lost to Thayer Academy 
(19-42) and Milton (24-32) in their first meets of 
the year. They came back strong in their next 
competition, however, beating both St. George's 
(23-33) and Tabor Academy (24-32). 

Unfortunately, the team lost the next 
meets to Brooks (25-36) and St. Mark's (25-32). 
Their record at presstime stood at 24-0. 

Coach David Abusamra notes that captain 
Kate Atkins '92 is currently undefeated, followed 
by teammate rise Abusamra '93, who has placed 
second in every meet to date. 

New student Yesenia Ayala '94, has 
contributed much to the team in her first 
season, and Coral Keith '93 and Nellie Godfrey 
'93 round out a "rapidly improving women's 
team," according to coach Abusamra. E9 

22 The Archon - Fall 1991 



Bom to Kathy and John Stephan '77, a 
daughter, Jessica Marie; April 19, 1990. 

Born to Marie and Mark Stephan '84, a son, 
Mark Richard; March 1, 1990. 

Born to Charles and Johanna Stephan Ross 
'79, a daughter, Evelina Charlotte; March 31, 

Bom to Nancy and Duffy Bowditch '79, a son, 
Peter Hale; eight pounds, 10 ounces; April 28, 


Dave Abramson '53 and Michelle Galler, 
October 14, 1990. 

Stan Thomas '61 and Rosalie Hooper, June 29, 

Frank E. Auston, III '63 and Catherine Louise 
Kistler, March 16, 1991. 

Winn Burt '67 and Lynn Edwards, September 
9, 1991. 

Courtney Wang '74 and Jayne Ann Maxwell, 
July 8, 1990. 

David C. Bell '77 and Jeanne-Mary Parisot, 
June 16, 1991. 

Annabel Wells '82 and Arif Belgaumi, 
September 7, 1991. 

John Richards '83 and Maureen Ellerd, 
September 29, 1990. 

Cheryl D'Souza '85 and James Robert 
Thackston, June 15, 1991. 

Becky Chase '85 and Michael Werner, August 
24, 1991. 

Anita Russo '87 and Michael Bartschat, August 
3, 1991. 


Arthur Mason, Jr., class of 1926, died May 4 in 
Leominster Hospital after a long illness. He was 
83, and had moved from Pittsfield to Sterling in 
1988. Bom in Hamilton, he worked for many 
years as the manager of both the Danvers Polo 
Club and the Pittsfield Riding and Polo Club. 
Mr Mason was a Navy veteran in World War II. 
He last worked at Crane Co., Dalton, before 
retiring in 1973. He was a member of Christ 
Church and the American Legion in Hamilton, 
and the John T. Heard Masonic Lodge in 
Ipswich. He leaves a daughter, Pamela (Mason) 
Lavin of Sterling; a sister, Prim Anderson of 
Falmouth Foreside, Maine; three grandchildren 
and several nieces and nephews. 

George Murchie Haley, class of 1927, died 
February 15 at his home in St. Stephen, New 
Brunswick, Canada, after a short illness. He was 
83. Bom in St. Stephen, he attended Hebron 
Academy before coming to Governor Dummer. 
After graduation, he attended Dalhousie School 
of Pharmacy in Halifax before returning to work 

in the family drug store in Milltown. He was a 
member of the Royal Canadian Air Force during 
World War II, and became a charter member of 
Milltown Legion Branch 48. Haley owned and 
operated Peck's store in Milltown until his 
retirement in 1975. He is survived by his wife 
Nina Glass Haley; one sister, Esther Darling of 
Calais; three sons, Roger Haley of Calgary and 
Bill Haley and Reed Haley of St. Stephen; and a 
daughter, Janet Haley of Boston and York, ME. 
He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Pur- 
rington. He also leaves 16 grandchildren, seven 
great-grandchildren, four neices and a nephew. 

Thomas S. Walker, class of 1929, died June 30 
in Milton Hospital after a short illness. Bom in 
Boston, attended Boston University after gradua- 
ting from GDA. He served as a lieutenant in the 
Yankee Division State Guard during World War 
II. He was emplyed by the Chelsea Savings Bank 
and was treasurer of the former J. W. Wood 
Elastic Web Company in Stoughton. Until 
retiring in 1987, he was president of the Wood 
Investment Company. He was the brother of 
Malcolm S. Walker, class of 1930; the father of 
Jeffery W Walker, class of 1956 and the uncle of 
Thomas S. Walker, class of 1966. He leaves his 
wife, Mildred M. Wood Walker; another son, 
Malcolm S. Walker of Centerville; a daughten, 
Gretchen Walker of Norfolk, VA; nine 
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Melvin Marks, class of 1929, died August 14. 

Benjamin Atwood Smith II, class of 1935, died 
September 26 in Addison Gilbert Hospital, 
Gloucester, after a long illness. He was 75. Bom 
in Gloucester, he attended Gloucester High 
School before coming to Governor Dummer in 
1934. At the Academy, he was a member of the 
football and track teams. After graduation, he 
attended Harvard College, where he was a room- 
mate of John F. Kennedy. He was graduated 
from Harvard, where he played fullback on the 
college football team, in 1939. During World 
War II, Smith served as a Navy commander on 
an anti-submarine, anti-torpedo vessel. Active in 
local politics, Smith served as mayor of Glouces- 
ter in 1954 and 1955, and also was a member 
of the Gloucester School Committee and City 
Council. He became a campaign planner for 
Kennedy, and was later appointed to serve out 
Kennedy's unexpired term in the U.S. Senate 
when the senator was elected President. During 
his two years in the Senate, Smith was a mem- 
ber of the labor, public works and District of 
Columbia committees. Smith left the Senate 
after two years, and was replaced by Edward M. 
Kennedy, for whom Smith remained an adviser. 
In 1963, President Kennedy appointed Smith as 
U.S. ambassador to an international fisheries 
conference involving the U.S., the Soviet Union, 
Canada and Japan. He later served on Robert F. 
Kennedy's successful U.S. Senate campaign com- 
mittee, as well as his presidential campaign com- 
mittee. Smith was a member of the Annisquam 
Yacht Club in Gloucester and the Corinthian 
Yacht Club in Marblehead. Early in his sailing 
career, he had won an international competition 
and received the Prince of Wales trophy. Last 

year was inducted into the Marblehead Sailing 
Hall of Fame. He leaves his wife, Barbara 
Mechem Smith; two sons, R. Russell Smith II 
and Benjamin A. Smith III of Gloucester; three 
daughters, Barbara S. Ramsey of Hamilton, 
Susan S. Crotty of Kittery Point, ME, and 
Cathleen Smith of Gloucester; two sisters, 
Geraldine Ryan of San Mateo, CA, and Julianna 
S. Hedblom of Gloucester. 

Sarkis Kalashian, class of 1936, died June 7 in 
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was 
73. Bom in Newburyport, he attended Newbury- 
port High School before coming to GDA. He 
was a retired Air Force supply handler. Kalash- 
ian was a member of the North End Boat Club 
of Newburyport, a life member of the Newbury- 
port Elks Lodge No. 909 and the Air Force 
Sergeants' Association. He is survived by a 
sister, Annie Zartarian of Newburyport; three 
neices, Margaret VanAmburgh and Marianne 
Kalashian of Newburyport and Margaret Guckert 
of Haverhill; and three nephews, Mark Zartarian 
of Rye, NH, Richard Zartarian of Newburyport 
and John Kalashian of Salisbury. 

Frederick P. Brehm, class of 1937, died May 2 
at his home in Dennis after a long illness. He 
was 72. Bom in Rutland, he attended Bentley 
College after graduating from Governor Dum- 
mer. During World War II he served as a first 
lieutenant in the Army's medical administration. 
He had lived in Lexington 40 years and was self- 
employed as a landscapes He moved to Dennis 
in 1987. He leaves his wife, Ardehna King 
Brehm; a son, William Brehm of Burlington; 
two daughters, Martha Goddard of Acton and 
Suzanne Brehm of Lexington; and two grand- 
sons, Jeffery and Erik Brehm of Burlington. 

Alexander Sisson, class of 1944, died 
September 18 at his home in Anchorage, AL. 
after a long illness. He was 65. Bom in Boston, 
he entered Governor Dummer in 1941. He was a 
member of the Archon board, and the soccer 
and lacrosse squads. He served in the infantry 
during World War II in Italy and in the Battle of 
the Bulge He was graduated from the University 
of Colorado in 1951. A petroleum geologist, 
Sisson was a former president of the Alaska 
Geological Society and former chairman of the 
American Gas Institute's potential gas committee 
for Alaska. He leaves two sons. Dirk Sisson of 
Anchorage and Blaine Sisson of Fairbanks; a 
daughter, Cindy Sisson of Bend, OR; his former 
wife, Carol Sisson of Salem. OR: three brothers. 
John Sisson of Lincoln, Thomas Sisson of Con- 
cord and Warren Sisson of Manchester, NH; and 
two grandchildren. 

Vincent C. Sgarzi, class of 1956. died August 
21 at his home in Plymouth after a short illness. 
He was 53. Bom in Plymouth, he entered Gov- 
ernor Dummer in 1953. While at the Academy, 
he was co-captain and quarterback of the varsitv 
football team and a member of the varsity bask- 
etball and varsity baseball teams. After gradua- 
tion, he attended Holy Cross College, from 
which he was graduated in 1960. He worked as 

continued on page 24 

The Archon - Fall 1991 23 

Continued from page 23 


a claims manager for Cape Insurance Agency, 
the company founded by his father, for more 
than 30 years. Sgarzi began serving as a football 
official for South Shore high school teams, sub- 
sequently changing to collegiate football. He 
served as an official in the Eastern Collegiate 
Athletic Conference, later switching to the Colle- 
giate Independent Football Officials Association 
in 1983. In January 1988, he acted as an official 
in the Orange Bowl game in Miami. At the time 
of his death, he was chairman of the Plymouth 
Recreation Commission and a director of the 
YMCA. He also secretary of the Cabot Bocci 
Club and the Cold Spring Athletic Association. 
He is survived by his father, Judge Sgarzi of 
Plymouth; two daughters, Theresa S. Delano of 
Plymouth and Nancy Sgarzi of Boston; two 
sons, Christopher A. Sgarzi of Boston and 
Steven Sgarzi of San Antonio, TX; and a 
brother, Louis V. Sgarzi of Newton, pes 

Continued from page 7 

"Gaining On Invisibility" 

The changes in the currency will 
not go without expense to the U.S. tax- 
payer, of course, though Crane could not 
estimate how great the expense might be. 
Another possible repercussion might be 
increased competition from the larger 
national and international paper suppliers, 
now that the government has demonstra- 
ted its willingness to spend more. 
Nonetheless, Crane says, "We couldn't 
afford not to do it." 

At GDA: 

Tim Crane 73 in his senior year. 

Crane, who earned a degree in 
biology from Hobart College and a 
master's degree in paper technology from 
the Institute of Paper Technology, went to 
work at Crane & Company after gradua- 
tion. His first full-time job was as a shift 
technician in the company's quality con- 
trol department. After a year, he moved 
into the research department as a 
research chemist, and was soon promoted 
to assistant project manager. Crane — 
who, with his wife Patricia, has a two-and- 
a-half-year-old daughter (Holly) — today is 
a project manager in the company's new 
product development division. 

24 The Archon - Fall 1991 

Much of the technology behind the 
new currency paper's development is 
shrouded in secrecy for both security and 
proprietary reasons, and therefore Crane 
said he could not discuss details. He did 
acknowledge that, like all the paper Crane 
& Co. makes, however, U.S. currency 
paper is 100 percent rag; that is, it con- 
tains no wood pulp. Instead, it consists 
mainly of cotton fibers that Crane & Co. 
purchases as scraps and trimmings from 
textile mills. "It would be ridiculously 
expensive to buy [virgin] cotton," Crane 
explains, adding, "We couldn't compete 
for that." In fact, he adds, fully 20 percent 
of the U.S. dollar bill is made of blue 
denim fabric. This is a fact that a Chinese 
newspaper recently noted by way of saying 
that the American dollar "is made of 
garbage," says Crane. 

Crane ascribes much of his success 
to his years at Governor Dummer, and 
cites biology master Bob Anderson as a 
major positive influence. "If I look at the 
significant events that happened to me in 
my life," he says, "a lot of it happened at 
GDA." "I'm not sure I recognized it then; 
it wasn't until senior year that I decided 
that I cared very much about academics." 
His athletic record, on the other hand, 
shows that he was devoted in that area: 

continued from page 20 

When Boys . . . 

the obvious changes are made. It's true 
that there has been a lot of progress over 
the last 20 years, but we still have a long 
way to go, and some of the problems we 
thought we'd laid to rest keep cropping 
up: from outright discrimination, to how 
to handle the fact that most women must 
work for a wage and raise a family, to the 
simple issue of effective, appropriate office 
dress. I know from the never-ending 
stream of newspaper articles and from 
conversations in office bathrooms that 
people are still trying to determine just 
what the heck it is girls wear when boys 
wear jackets and ties. 

Governor Dummer has been 
through a lot of "earthquakes" in its time, 
and not only survived them, but pros- 
pered. I suspect that even as I write this, 
the pressure is building along those 
underground fault lines for ones yet to 
come. To those who will be a part of 
whatever the next tremor is, I wish luck, 
courage, and a sense of humor and pro- 
portion. And to my fellow members of the 
last one: Fiona and Pam and Stephanie 
and Carol and Randi and Debbie and Jill 
and Paula and Sally and Anne Marie and 
Jeannie and Andie and Pam and Debbie 
and Bunny and Nicki and Dorcie and 
Corinne and Marcia and Ginny and Lois 
and Maria and Carol and Mimi and Sarah 
— I wish all fellowship, and a small shared 
sense of pride. 

he was captain of his varsity soccer team, 
captain and most valuable player on the 
cross-country ski team and high-scorer on 
the varsity lacrosse team until sidelined 
early in the season by an injury. (The 
injury was a broken toe he received while 
play-fighting in his dormitory. He explains 
that he faked a punch to Tucker Rey- 
nolds' head and then kicked him — 
barefooted — in the shin. Lacrosse coach 
"Heb Evans was really ticked," Crane 
remembers with a laugh.) 

Crane says he had applied to 
several prep schools, but chose GDA 
largely because his brother Dicken (72) 
had had such a good experience at the 
Academy. Thereafter followed a strong 
family connection, as their father, 
Frederick G. Crane, Jr., served on the 
GDA board for 12 years. 

Acknowledging that the value of his 
Governor Dummer education is most 
evident in hindsight, Crane reflects that, 
"The whole experience is very significant 
in my life; the experience I snared with 
my peers and teachers was very positive." 

"I've come to realize that success 
has to do with your character and your 
ability to deal with stuff,' Crane says. 
Those are lessons that Crane says he 
learned at GDA. PS 

After graduating from GDA in 1975, 
AnneMackay-Smith attended Queen's 
School, Chester, England as an 
English Speaking Union exchange 
student. She received advanced 
level certificates in English and 
general studies and won the Public 
Speaking Prize. She was graduated 
from Princeton University in 1980 
in English with honors. While there, 
she was elected the first woman 
chairman of The Daily Princeton- 
ian. From 1980 to 1985 she was 
staff reporter for The Wall Street 
Journal covering commodity futures 
trading, gold, currencies and educa- 
tion. Ms. Mackay-Smith was elected 
by alumni classes to a four-year 
term on the Princeton University 
Board of Trustees in 1980. From 
1986 to 1988 she was an adminis- 
trator in the grant-making division 
of The Rockefeller Foundation. 
Since 1988 she has been at work 
writing an historical novel. Married 
in 1985 to Terry C. Vance, she and 
her husband have a daughter, 
Elizabeth Leigh (nicknamed Lisa) 
Vance, bom March 18, 1991. 

Class Notes 

Pre 1930 

John English, Secretary 
RO. Box 322, Woodsneck M, East Orleans, MA 02643 

T Carrying the full dignity of his role as 
our senior alumnus, Storer P. Humphreys '22 
rode a golf cart at the head of the parade to the 
annual meeting of alumni on reunion weekend 
and gracefully acknowledged a nice round of 
applause. T Right behind him came Jim 
Gardiner '23, who resolved a conflict between 
two organizations which are important to him 
(Sons of the American Revolution and Governor 
Dummer) in favor of Governor Dummer this year, 
missing the SAR meeting for the first time in 31 
years. T Jim drove up from New York with Jim 
Hess '36. T Eleanor and Jerry May '26 also 
drove up from their home in Kingston, MA, for 
the Old Guard luncheon in the Mansion House, 
an increasingly popular event graciously hosted 
by Dottie and Peter Bragdon. T Russ Hamilton 
'27 did not make it — he's still busy settling into 
his new digs in Red Bank, NJ. Russ has learned 
how to count all his blessings, and one was the 
celebration of his 80th birthday, which brought 
together all three of the Hamilton children for 
the first time in five years. It was a blessing they 
needed, too, since Russ was facing up to a major 
molar extraction and Marge was convalescing 
after a successful cataract operation. As they say: 
"Old age ain't for sissies!" T Jackie and Warren 
Lane '27 couldn't make it either, their activities 
being severely limited since Jackie's broken hip 
and related complications. They are in their 57th 
year of marriage and find that the future of the 
Ivy League remains secure with the acceptance 
of their eldest granddaughter on early decision at 
the University of Pennsylvania. T Pat and Len 
Lawson '27 made a tour of the Canadian Rock- 
ies early last summer, and the highlight for them 
was Whitewater rafting (yes, Whitewater rafting!). 
Only eight of the 40 persons on the tour accep- 
ted the challenge, wet suits and all, and the 
Lawsons were probably the oldest and the most 
• held in awe. They finished out the summer, as 
usual, on Lake Sunapee and returned to Sara- 
sota, FL, in September. T Life goes on smoothly 
for Bill Bottger '28, he reports from Roanoke, 
VA — still active in business and weekending at 
their place on Chesapeake Bay. But there is one 
major change: they have sold their boat. The 
Bottgers haven't been in New England for a 
couple years but were hoping to make up for 
that omission this fall. T A badly broken leg 
totally destroyed the summer for Jim McClellan 
'28. He had planned a trip to Scotland to seek 
out castles, stone circles and such things. Of 
course, work on and showing of his sculpture 
had to be delayed. Recovery has, however, set in, 
and his life is returning to normal. For the rec- 
ord, by the way, Jim is represented in the perma- 
nent collections of Bethany Congregational 
Church, Foxborough; Old West and St. Steph- 
en's, Boston; Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester; 

Zion Episcopal Church, Rome, NY; Episcopal 
Church of Epiphany, Danville, VA; First Lutheran 
Church, Seattle; and Center Church, New Haven, 
St. Luke's Parish, Darien, and Trinity, Collinsville, 
all in Connecticut, as well as in private collec- 
tions in Cape Ann, Cambridge, Garrison, NY, 
Aspen, CO, and Marin County, CA. T The count 
on John P.H. Chandler's '29 grandchildren and 
great grandchildren is now 16 and 14 respective- 
ly. T Rod Gearhart '29 spent the summer in 
Florida for the first time and came to regret it, it 
having been a real scorcher down there. Ed note: 
This is the last Old Guard Class Notes column 
for John English '28, who has resigned after 
years of distinctive service as Class Secretary. We 
sincerely thank John for his work and loyalty to 
the Academy. We also welcome anyone who 
would like to carry on the noble tradition of 
keeping in touch with our Old Guard. If you're 
interested, please notify Michael Heel at the GDA 
Alumni Office. 

^^^ 1931-1938 ^_^ 

Harold Audet, Secretary 
511 Crocker Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 

T Terry Staples '32 spends his summers 
in New York and his winters in Florida. He plays 
golf with enthusiasm in both states, and can hold 
his own against players ten years his junior. T 
Jack Cushman '32 still plays golf four times a 
week, and for the last two years has been Handi- 
cap Chairman for his club. When not golfing in 
the San Diego area, he spends a lot of time 
traveling to visit his children and grandchildren, 
as well as trying new golf courses. T Al Hessian 
'33 wrote a long letter with many memories of 
starting in the junior school under Headmaster 
Ingham in 1927. He also reminisced about his 
career as a Latin student under Mac Murphy. Al 
now lives in Stuart, FL, where he does a little 
fishing and some golfing. T Lyman Belknap 
'33 visited the campers during the summer. As of 
this report he has not completely recovered from 
the shock of seeing carpeting on the floors of 
Peirce Hall. As an old hockey player, he wonders 
where informal indoor practice is held. ▼ 
Ashton Knight '33 now lives in Biddeford, ME, 
in the summer and Bayonet Point, FL, in the 
winter. His note brought up many memories of 
our pre-Governor Dummer days, especially of a 
time when Ashton and I were part of the chorus 
line of a boy scout minstrel show. T Received 
brief notes from Dick Sprague '34, Seth Baker 
'34, and John Bassette '34. They are all well 
and manage to keep busy with their families and 
community projects. T Bill Mulliken '35 is now 
officially retired and spends five months in Maine 
and seven in Rhode Island. This is a bit unusual, 
as most of the class seems to head for Florida in 
the winter. ▼ Following WWII, Joe Williamson 
'36 worked as an insurance agent and surplus 
lines agent until he opened his own business in 

1972. In 1982 he sold his business and moved to 
Westbrook, ME. Since then he's kept busy by 
operating his independent insurance inspection 
service. T Bob Ogg '37 has been made a Life 
Trustee Emeritus of the University of California, 
Berkeley. In addition, he is one of the Fellows of 
the California Academy of Science. T Allen 
Dodge '37 continues to live in Newburyport. He 
has had several small strokes that have slowed 
him down, but he continues to read a great deal. 
Allen would like to hear from members of the 
class of '37. T Sheldon Harris '37 has retired 
for the second time, and expects to attend Reun- 
ion Weekend in June 1992 with his brother 
Robert '42. It will be Sheldon's 55th reunion and 
Robert's 50th. T John Barrows '37 is still golf- 
ing with a handicap of 14, and would like to 
challenge any of his classmates who are in or 
near North Palm Beach next winter. T Last 
spring John and Tom Nathan '36 got together 
for a week of golf and fishing. T Ed Donnelly 
'37 still plays golf and, if we can believe him, he 
is having little success. Suspect that Ed's version 
of a poor game would look mighty good to most 
of his classmates. In the fall Ed plans a trip to 
the great Smokies. T Emerson Kirby '37 closed 
his law practice in 1985, and since then has 
been busier than when he was working. He is 
having problems with arthritis in his knees, and 
has had to give up golf. T Hank Cleaveland '38 
has officially retired as a Maine state employee. 
However, he is still active in the Employee Assis- 
tance Program as an independent contractor. He 
spends his spare time watching bears and other 
wild animals wander across his yard. ▼ Henry 
Faurot '38 continues his passion for golf, and 
attended the British open in Southport, Eng- 
land. His note did not mention his current 
handicap. T Sheldon Harris says he's sorry he 
missed Put Flint '37 when he came to visit him. 
T Ollie Olson '37 called to remind us we missed 
mentioning in Joe Hoague's obituary that Joe 
was an excellent baseball player and that 
Hoague/Olson were battery' mates (catcher- 
pitcher). T When Doug Miller '46 took his son 
to college, he stopped for gas at a local station 
and ran into Charles Lee '35. His wife had 
recently passed away and he is living in Teyon. 
NC. ▼ Perry Reynolds '34 would be pleased to 
hear from any former classmates. 

RD #7, Fruit Valley 

Uswego, NY 13126 

Fax 315-343-0601 or 315-343-0699 


Don Stockwell, Secretary 
8 Country Hill. Brattlebom. IT 05301 

One thing that strikes me about the Class 
of '39 is that the penmanship on the newsnotes 
emanating the class members is no better today 
than it was back in the dark ages. How in the 

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Class Notes 

world Messrs. Murphy, Mercer, Dunning et. al. 
ever deciphered what came from the hands of 
this particular class I'll never know. In some 
cases I have spent two weeks with the help of 
several translators determining what has been 
written. Thank goodness a few, recognizing their 
failures, have resorted to the typewriter. Other- 
wise '39 would be missing from the Archon. T 
Tbm Killough is still working part-time for R.H. 
Macy at their Bridgewater, NJ store. It fills out 
the week and keeps a few bucks coming in. ▼ 
One guy whose activities continue to amaze me 
is that globe trotter John Klotz. He just returned 
from his monthly sojourn in Florida. Previously 
he spent two weeks in Paris, the Loire valley and 
chateau country, and shortly will be heading for 
Texas to play tennis with the likes of Newcombe, 
Emerson and Rosewell. In his spare time he hits 
the trout streams in northern Pennsylvania. 
Doesn't he ever stop to smell the roses, or is that 
where they are? ▼ John Gannett must have 
spent the summer at home in Florida because he 
reports it's been very hot and humid with thun- 
dershowers every day. His lawn keeps ahead of 
him; the only prospect of keeping it under con- 
trol is with a flock of sheep. T Hank Payson 
tells us that Tbm Tenney visited him in July, and 
a miracle happened. It seems Hank lost $5 to 
the big guy who played the best round of his life. 
Those who ever knew Hank must know how the 
tears have flowed. In response, Tom takes excep- 
tion to being a member of the "over-the-hill 
gang." He says he's just having a tough time get- 
ting things done. His idea of a good summer is 
taking big money ($5) from Hank on his home 
course. Tom says Hank is looking great and has 
his pacemaker on full-throttle. T The George 
Simson family tree has added another leaf with 
the birth of another grandson in Aberdeen, 
Scotland. This event necessitated another trip 
over there, this time by the QE-2, which George 
relates as an adventure in itself. He claims he 
had to have a map of the ship so he wouldn't get 
lost. Apparently all arrows pointed to the food, 
as he was able to down at least a ton. How in 
the world, after that trip, was he able to get in 
six rounds of golf? At least he didn't tell us his 
score. T Although Chuck Goodrich's newsnotes 
for the Spring issue of the Archon arrived too 
late for publication, old-timers will be interested 
in his recollections of a Thanksgiving he and 
Jack Burnham had to spend at GDA due to 
distances from their home. It seems Ted Eames, 
learning of their plight, suggested the two of 
them take the train to Boston to visit some of 
the historical sights, and, with a twinkle in his 
eye, concluded by saying, "Go to the Old Howard 
and enjoy!" Chuck says they followed his instruc- 
tions, as any GDA student in those days would 
have done. T Tbm Parker and wife are once 
again enjoying the summer in Northfield, MA, 
and are looking forward to our 55th in 1994. He 
reports on a great find — the original charter of 
Northfield, signed by William Dummer, Lieute- 

nant Governor and Commander in Chief! He 
believes the date of the charter, which is in the 
possession of the historical society, is 1723. 
Incidentally, Governor Dummer's influence was 
widespread, as in my hometown of Brattleboro 
the first white settlement of the state of Vermont 
was Fort Dummer, where a marker points to the 
spot where the fort was located. Another item of 
interest to you history buffs is one of the adjoin- 
ing towns is Dummerston, VT What a guy Bill 
Dummer must have been! As for your secretary, 
it's been a quiet time of life with only a short trip 
to Florida in the spring — my first in many years. 
The experience left something to be desired, as 
it rained every day but one. One of the reasons 
for making the trip was to check on Hank Pay- 
son's report that Tom Tenney has two toilets and 
eight telephones in his home. Although I found 
Tom's hometown, I couldn't verify this awesome 
statistic. Tom was on the golf course! Nuf said for 
those reporting in. Maybe next time some of you 
lost brethren will be heard from. 


Larry VanDoren, Secretary 
30 Clenside Road, South Orange, NJ 07079 

Over 80 percent of our class gave to either 
the capital fund or the Annual Fund; one in 
three gave to both. Reflection and resolution. 
Eton has been a school for 500 years. Will GDA 
reach a comparable milestone? Your support and 
mine are key. All that the school gave us has 
never let us down, so we will never let up! 
Archon class notes for Fabulous Forty in 1991 
reflected 91 percent of our roster — a higher 
response rate than for any other class by a wide 
margin. Hooray for you! I hope I never have to 
say "What have you done for me lately?" ▼ Dap 
Will has recently become involved with the 
Whitefly Bakery, Ltd., which specializes as a 
source of macaroons for a restricted clientele in 
the Nutmeg State. The news of the Whitefly 
venture has been overshadowed by the near fiscal 
collapse of our state and the dramatic events in 
the Soviet Union. T "Brittany, bare-boating a 
barge:" That's where "M.A." (Master of Allitera- 
tion) Andy Bailey, Joanie, and three grandkids 
were off to when he wrote. With more than 70 
canal locks to work, they'll spend a week at it. 
During the other 51, Andy still enjoys golf (ad- 
ministrative as well as participatory) and the law 
business. T Writes David Solomon: "I'll be in 
Boston in September, but too briefly to get to 
GDA. Ronnie and I are well and enjoying these 
precious years despite failing powers. Well, not 
all powers have failed yet!" Why, Dr. S, whatever 
can you mean? T Naturalist Sam Fragee reports 
from the faraway Galapagos, "Am very involved 
here with repropogation of the puffin. Grant 
money is scarce, but generous support from 
Friends of the puffin and similar private 
organizations help much." ▼ Larry Van Doren, 

in a paroxysm of panic lest rust corrupt, has 
reinvolved himself volunteer-wise with a hospital, 
an art museum, public television and an 
advertising professionals club. T Willard Little 
says he hopes to make a reunion one of these 
days, adding "Retirement is certainly a busy time 
with trips here and abroad, visiting children who 
live in San Francisco, Houston, Wallingford (CT) 
and Hamburg, Germany. Am writing a history of 
Shell Aviation from 1928 onwards. It is a very 
laborious chore because its records of early days 
are almost nonexistent. Should be done by 
mid-1992." ▼ Daundess Dana Babcock weighs 
in with the following: "Still on the mend from 
major surgery last spring. First time I've had 
anything like it, and I hope the last! Pam and I 
have bought an apartment in Lenox, MA, at 
Kimball Farms, where we expect to spend six 
months (winter), with the rest here in Essex. 
Should be interesting! No news of classmates, 
though I did have a nice chat with Gene 
Gardner last month." T Virginia's update on Jim 
Quirk, still in an assisted-living apartment with 
nurses, but continuing to make progress: 
"Yesterday he went swimming, which was a red- 
letter accomplishment. We average about one 
visit a month from our eight children and then 
re-cycle. Have a great reunion. Jim is with you in 
spirit!" T Bulletin from Bobby Little: "Your 
note found us in one of the largest processing 
tomato crops ever, for California, and the usual 
California weather is, as usual, very unusual! We 
are at least two weeks behind in heat units, and 
thus two to three weeks behind in harvest. My 
work is frequendy offering new challenges. Now 
we must find tomatoes without the need to 
spray." T "May take you up some day on a visit 
to GDA", says Bob Schumann. "Should get a 
look at the new cage . . . Bob Lyle and I unsuc- 
cessfully (Do I hear an echo?— Ed.) engaged in a 
golfing contract at his new home in Linville 
Ridge, NC, a beautiful mountain retreat — a 
member-guest tourney. I'm spending the summer 
months plus at our home in Madison, CT. We 
have plenty of room should any of the class of 
'40 need overnight accommodations." T Bill 
Tbrrey is celebrating — this time the birth of a 
first grandson, David Torrey. "Of course the 51st 
reunion was great," says Bill, "even though I was 
the only one from '40." Bill's account of the 
event is so (like himself) lively and enthusiastic I 
wish space limitation didn't prevent our sharing 
it all. Highlight: "Sager, Stone, Murphy and 
Navins all looked like the good old days ... the 
Bragdons hosted a champagne lunch in the 
Mansion House for the Old Guard (that's us, 
now, old boy) — delightful! Saturday night a 
marvelous New England clambake, followed by 
the top DJ and dancing . . . Glee Club rehearsal 
in the beautiful chapel with Art directing and 
Ben at the piano took me back 51 years." Bill 
also recounts a merry mix-up in the unisex wash- 
room facilities, but that's better left for the 
gendemen over their port and cigars. T If you 

26 The Archon - Fall 1991 

did a double-take on the note above re: Sam 
Fragee, your antennae are right on. Of course 
there's no such '40 member. The item was in 
reaction to a hilarious Smithsonian article Mike 
Heel sent me about the invented classmate of a 
Yale Class Secretary. I promise not to do it again. 


Class Secretary Needed 

T George H. Leach, past president of the 
Rotary Club of Key West writes he visited with J. 
Gordon Johndroe in Fort Worth shortly before 
his untimely demise. George made a career out 
of the Navy, retiring as a Commander in 1970. 
He noted that one of his GDA contemporaries, 
Charlie MacDowell, became the Judge Advocate 
General with the rank of Rear Admiral. 


50th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Ted Stitt, Secretary 
3233 N.E. 34th Street Apt. 714, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 


Benjamin B. Brewster, Secretary 
28 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360 

T Neal Cox writes that he has just 
returned from an Earthwatch project in Africa. 
He retired in 1989 and started a photographic 
equipment sales and service business in 1990. It's 
"Going like crazy!" He is active in Rotary, and 
was nominated for District Governor (district 
1890 in Connecticut and Massachusetts) for 
1992-1993. T Harold O. Leinbach writes that he 
is retired and playing with a 1964 wooden 37 ft. 
Egg Harbor power boat. His new address is: 
Harold 0. Leinbach, RO. Box 848, Urbanna, VA 


Ben Pearson, Secretary 
7 West Street, By field, MA 01922 

T I had a nice lunch at our home with 
Warren Perkins as he was up this way from 
Texas. Goes back a long way from grammar 
school, then GDA, then the Navy in 1944. I'm 
presently on the Building and Grounds commit- 
tee at GDA. Still working, but thinking of easing 
off. T Nat Dummer and his wife Millie just 
returned from a 10-day visit with their daughter 
who lives in Golden, Colorado. Naturally, they 
visited Coors' Brewery while there. They both 
volunteer their time and effort in the Rowley 

Council on Aging's "Meals on Wheels" lunch 
program, and Nat is a 31-year member of 
Rowley's Zoning Board of Appeals, a Charter 
Member. ▼ Jim Waugh is back teaching at 
Groton, and coaching the baseball team, which 
allows him to match wits with Mike Moonves. 
Three years ago he protested a Groton victory 
on the grounds, "Rat, I was wearing metal 
cleats . . . !" T Gordon Hoyt writes he is still 
working as CEO at Heritage Insurance Co. in 
White Plains, NY, and enjoying it. He has one 
grandson, Keegan, age 18 mos. T Homer 
Gibbs spent the summer at his summer home 
on Southport Island, ME, doing odd jobs on the 
cottage, sailing, tennis and so forth. His wife 
Jaime of 33 years passed away due to ovarian 
cancer in April. T Leonard N. Plavin writes he 
is still in the contract furniture business. His 
wife is the head of dance at Bates College. Child 
#1 is the art director, Capital Cities ABC in 
NYC. Child #2 teaches at Anne Arundel 
Community College in Indianapolis, MD, where 
her husband teaches at the Naval Academy. 
Child #3 - VP Chemical Bank, NYC. He has 
three grandchildren; skis in the winter; waiting 
to determine if handicap helped or hindered by 
recent major surgery — seems it could only go 
one way! He writes "Seems like our class' 
percent of participation in annual giving is 
terrible. Has anyone heard from George Basil 
Christie?" ▼ Jack Wellman writes that he is 
working hard to get a new venture started in 
recycling plastics. He lost his first wife of 36 
years; married a wonderful lady. "They" have 
eight children (four and four), with 13 
grandchildren and two on the way. His golf 
game is still in the upper 80's, tennis on and 
off. Working on "Fat Free." T Al Siker's mid- 
dle daughter Martha presented him with a 
grandson, James Allen Gillis; he will be one year 
old on September 11. Year-round golf in Florida 
has greatly reduced his handicap and stomach 
girth. T Al Wyer writes it is great to be retired. 
He has had many interesting experiences; skiing 
in NH with Arthur M. Rolfe '39 last winter; 
Virginia in April to visit Bob and Nancy 
Tannebring '43; Alaska in June with Ben and 
Barbara Mann '43 and this summer in 
Wolfeboro, NH, at a family home. Birth of his 
first grandson, Jeffrey David Wyer, to David and 
Denise Wyer, July 5, 1991. 


Dick Cousins, Secretary 
71 Federal Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

T Don and Judy Palais report a very 
pleasant visit with Stan Hamel at his new home 
on Lake Winnipeasaukee. It is built on the site 
of a former summer camp which Don's daughter 
Lisa '75 attended for several years, so there was 
some sense of deja vu ▼ Bob Scribner joined 

the growing ranks of the retired in April and 
has moved to Maine to be nearer to his three 
children and five grandchildren. He has kept a 
condominium in Andover, MA, his home for 
many years. ▼ Definitely not retired is Ralph 
Webb, who lives in the Washington, D.C. area, 
and has a one hour drive to work from home. 
He may retire in a couple of years, and 
tentatively plans living in Lynchburg, VA, where 
he owns a home. Ralph lived in Lynchburg for 
19 years, and liked it. I talked to Keith Johnson 
last April. He had been in Florida since January 
1, and expected to return home in May. "Very 
nice not to shovel." Also, I had a brief 
conversation with Brewster Jameson. He 
reports he is "healthy and happy" and plans to 
retire in a couple of years. ▼ Brad Roberts has 
written saying he is building a home in Reno 
and hopes to move in by Thanksgiving. The 
Lake Tahoe area had no forest fires this 
summer, even though this is the fifth year of 
drought. T Warren Furth reports a busy year 
including two weeks of travel in Portugal, a 
family reunion in Siena, Italy, and a trip to 
Washington, D.C, to attend the second world 
conference of Americans Abroad. "I am now 
rereading Tom Mercer's favorite book for 
English 4: Tbm Brown's Body. I picked up a 
copy at Harper's Ferry." 


George Duffy, Secretary 
Claybrook Belfast Road, Camden, ME 04843 

T Lynden Watkins — boat business 
sales — was unable to make reunion. Attending 
sister's son's wedding in Connecticut this fall. ▼ 
Brewster Hemenway, retired from government 
service, now has three children and one 
grandchild. Vacationing at Prince Edward Island 
conflicted with reunion. T Bob Hadley will be 
moving to Universal Community Church in 
Provincetown, MA. 

'47 ^^ 

45th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Dan Hall. Secretary 
20 Hillcrest Road. Reading. MA 01867 

T Charles McLaughlin's still working on 
possibilities for a film on the Stanley Steamer. 
His film on Frederick Law Olmsted for PBS. 
done by WGBH. won a Cine Golden Eagle 
Award. Ann's next novel. The Balancing Pole, 
published by John Daniel, will be out in Octo- 
ber, 1991. T Homer Ambrose describes a hot 
summer night from his high apartment in 
northern Virginia. "Last night, sitting on my 
balcony, I could see the Washington Monument. 

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Class Notes 

the Capital and the National Cathedral. The 
cops were out in force. It was ahout midnight 
and three different drivers had heen stopped as 
indicated by the flashing red lights. Reminded 
me of the old days." Wonder exactly what 
Homer means by that last remark. ▼ From 
Wisconsin, Frank Thomas reports that after 40 
years with Turner Construction he has retired 
and will now enjoy grandchildren and travel. 
New address: Rt 1, Box 124-B, Markesan, WI 
53946. ▼ It's good to hear that Bill Philbrick 
is hoping to see all of us at our 45th next June. 
He is semi-retired in Skowhegan with four 
grandchildren (plus one on the way) in the area. 
▼ Fred MacBurnie has retired from his 
position with Commonwealth of Mass, but still is 
a police officer in Newbury. He's also a 
grandparent (two). His wife Helen still works at 
GDA. I like his last line: "See you in the 
Spring". Your class secretary spent three weeks 
this summer in the Soviet Union as a leader of 
20 Greater Boston students, under the "People 
to People" program. Highlights were travel to 
Estonia and the city of Murmansk on the Artie 
Circle, which included home visits with Soviet 
youth. We returned before August turmoil 
though it would have been exciting to have been 
amongst the crowd in Leningrad or Moscow. T 
Jack Deering writes he's excited about the 
possibilities for our 45th reunion. Knowing 
Jack, does that surprise you? ▼ Joe Welch 
remains ever optimistic with his prediction: "Our 
45th should be the best ever" He has offered to 
host a cocktail party during the celebration. He 
has been in the reunion spirit since his 40th at 
Dartmouth this past June, during which time he 
was elected president of the class for the next 
six years. ▼ GDA classmates Hank Sanders and 
Peter Hill were also at Dartmouth reunion. T 
Bill Prestmaris first year of retirement was 
great. He kept busy as part-time pastoral 
assistant at Hope Lutheran Church. Lots of 
walking, bicycling and swimming, plus yard work 
to stay in shape, and plays bridge to relax. He 
and his wife Bea are already planning to be at 
GDA June 12-14 for the 45th reunion. 


Pete Houston, Secretary 
10 Cross Street, Amherst, NH 03031 

T Ashley Eames, after visiting Cuba this 
April, says he's still working in the same office 
with Pete Houston in Concord, New Hampshire. 
▼ Sam Bruce is retired and spending the sum- 
mer at Block Island and Lake Winnipesaukee. 
T Ash Eames, Tbm Magoun and Bob Hill 
have offered to help brainstorm our 45th. Are 
there any other takers? T Stu Otis says that he 
will be there in '93. Just hope his first love, sail- 
boat racing, does not interfere with his travel 

plans. Ash Eames reports a great summer in his 
N.H. White Mountain homestead. Two offspring 
are in Boston, and one in Santa Fe. Ash says 
that his trip to Cuba in April was a positive eye- 
opener. ▼ George King sold their business, 
Sealand of Cape Cod, to relax and just raise 
Highland cattle at Webfoot Farm. It wasn't 
enough to keep busy, so Webfoot Farm Antiques 
has been added, which he is enjoying tremen- 
dously. Tom Magoun has fully recovered from 
heart surgery and is enjoying retirement and two 
grandchildren. Stu Chase told him that old class 
agents never die, so Tom says he will be in 
touch with all of us in the months to come. 


Manson Hall, Secretary 
49 Elm Street, Wellesley, MA 02181 

T Bill Chamberliris hip surgery was 
scheduled for June. Hope it went well, Bill. New 
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is sche- 
duled to open October 5th, and we know you 
will be there without crutches or cane, Bill. ▼ 
Allen Hollis is just finishing 6 years as co-host 
of "Perspectives in Faith", one of the longest- 
running non-worship TV shows anywhere. 


Dan Emerson, Secretary 
19 Doncaster Circle, Lynnfield, MA 01940 

T Alan Flynn has retired from the 
headmastership of Rocky Hill school in East 
Greenwich, RI, after 16 years. 


Bud Reith, Secretary 
26 Fermo Drive, Rowley, MA 01969 


40th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Class Secretary Needed 

T Don "Long Ball" Rice was a major 
leaguer for a week with former Red Sox stars in 
February at Winter Haven. Don was hitting .570 
for the week, surely a high draft candidate, when 
one of his wheels came off. The scouts left, and 
his baseball career was history. T Last May, Guy 
Tudor spent 12 days in Paraguay, as the guest of 
friend and avid birder, Col. Paul Scharf. The 
highlight of his trip was a quick glance at a giant 
Chaco Peccany. T Class Agent/Secretary Frank 
Huntress has accepted a three-year position in 
London. Congratulations, Frank. He tells us he 
will be here for Reunion in June. 


Bill Pinkham, Secretary 
RO. Box 369, Clenmore, PA 19343 

Only a few responses from the class in 
time for this news letter. A lot of folks were pro- 
bably coping with the aftermath of Hurricane 
Bob. T Hope Mark Lowells Bittersweet Land- 
ing boatyard made it through in good shape. T 
Parker Field writes that he and Andy (Andrea) 
finally moved into their new house in Ann Arbor 
in May. It's a transplanted New Hampshire col- 
onial, and Parker says it's a "great house!" I'm 
not sure whether that means huge, or wonder- 
ful ... T Dave Abramson gets an A+ for the 
clearest writing of any responses I've seen in the 
past year. (Probably because I misinterpreted 
one of his past letters.) Dave writes (8/21), "56th 
birthday today. Third (and last) marriage 
10/14/90. Five daughters, aged five to 28 (young- 
est step). Granddaughter due 9/31/91 (first). 
Merged with equal sized established ad agency 
this month. I CEO new entity (Abramson Erlich 
Manes). Survived unknown life-threatening scare 
Dec. '88, Jan '89 and am in stronger and better 
shape than ever! 5' 10" — 168 lbs." I wonder if 
Dave's life-threatening scare was one of his ex- 
wives . . . Sorry Dave, I couldn't resist. Both 
Dave and Parker enjoyed the survey results, so 
here's a bit more information about our class. 
We live in 20 states, plus Washington, D.C., 
Japan and Columbia. The largest number (27) 
live in Massachusetts, next is California (five), 
followed by NH and NY (four), ME, FL and NJ 
(three), CT, VA, PA (two), AZ, CO, DC, IL, LA, 
MI, MN, OH, TX, VT, WA. For all of you with- 
out a calculator handy, this means that 60 per- 
cent live in the Northeast, nine percent in the 
South, Mid Atlantic, and West Coast, six percent 
in the Midwest, four percent in the Southwest, 
and three percent are non-U.S. residents. ▼ 
James Parker writes that he is still associate 
clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at Col- 
umbia University, and is in his 18th year as team 
doctor for the NY Mets. (We don't hold him 
accountable for the Mets performance this year.) 
His two daughters are working in NYC, one for 
the Ladies Home Journal and the other for the 
Muppets. Jim notes that he has fond memories 
of the wonderful support he got at Governor 
Dummer. On a more personal note ... by the 
time you read this, I will have celebrated (like 
Dave) my 56th birthday, 31 years with Weyer- 
haeuser, and seven years of a very happy mar- 
riage to Sue. Seems hard to believe, but we're 
beginning to talk "retirement" (whatever that 
means . . .), and thinking seriously about relocat- 
ing to northern New Hampshire when that time 
arrives. We enjoy the mountains and lakes and 
all they offer, and we've been impressed by the 
non-sedentary older folks up there who have 
consciously decided they were not about to drop 
out just because they were getting older. I'm 
sure many of us are faced with similar questions 
as we enjoy our mid-fifties. Maybe that's a topic 
for our next newsletter. 

28 The Archon - Fall 1991 


Michael Smith, Secretary 
1315Merrie Ridge Road, McLean, VA 22101 

▼ Paul Mundy writes from London that 
he and his wife have the enviable vocation of 
escorting ship cruises all over the world, and 
that he'll be visiting GDA in September for the 
first time since leaving South Byfield "way back 
when." Paul did not indicate, sadly, whether he 
would be offering cruise discounts to fellow 
classmates. ▼ John Moyer was recently in 
Washington to visit his son Paul who works for 
an Alexandria, VA, firm. John has a daughter at 
Brandeis, studying to be a teacher. T Dick 
Michelson writes from Seattle that he is very 
actively involved in the start-up of Boeing's new 
777 aircraft program. When not worrying about 
such matters, Dick finds time to pursue his 
climbing, backpacking and skiing activities, as 
well as traveling to Europe — doubtless on 
Boeing-built aircraft. T Dave Moore retired 
from AT&T in 1981 and took graduate courses 
in rehabilitative technologies with a view to 
working in this field during retirement. Dave's 
wife Ren works at McGraw-Hill, and their oldest 
son recently represented New Jersey in the 
Special Olympic Games in St. Paul. ▼ Dick 
Moore writes that he retired this past June after 
24 years with the Marines and 11 teaching high 
school. Dick and his wife will be traveling to 
New England this fall to take in a GDA football 
game and to see the Old Guard. Dick would 
very much like to hear from Dick Michelson. T 
Bob Abbott still has several condos for sale in 
the Providence area, and promises to give 
GDAers a super deal. T The "Lug" has a sum- 
mer house in Chatham and sees GDA alums Bill 
Plumer, Bill King, and Tbm Larsen frequently. 
T Pete Gould is still active in the investment 
counseling field and recently moved his office 
from Houston to Kingwood, just a five minute 
hop from his home. Pete's wife Joyce is a sculp- 
tor, with one of her works now at the Boston 
Eye Institute; and the oldest son Chris just fin- 
ished his MBA at SMU. T John Nash teaches 
retail classes at the University of Minnesota as 
well as at a local community college in his 
"second" career, having retired from Dayton 
Hudson after 28 years. T While Dave and Sue 
Crocket both continue to work in San Francisco 
during the weekdays, they have a second home 
in Sonoma Country where, inter alia, they make 
wine from their own vineyard. This year they 
hope to bottle about 500 cases; sadly, no men- 
tion made by Dave in his letter about free sam- 
ples to fellow '54ers. Finally, your friendly Class 
Secretary is kept busy by trying to keep up with 
two young boys while, simultaneously trying to 
get a fledging trade consultant business going. 
Deborah and I recently went Whitewater rafting 
down the Salmon River in Idaho, the famous 
"River of No Return." We returned. 


George Gardner, Secretary 
53 Woodbury Lane, Acton, MA 01720 

T This spring I was working in Cam- 
bridge, England and visited Richard Butler in 
Market Weighton, York. Richard and his wife 
had Karen and me for lunch at his home. Rich- 
ard is living a most interesting life. Besides 
maintaining a medical practice, Richard has an 
array of exotic birds, especially a collection of 
owls. He has also become a justice of the peace 
and Assistant Deputy Coroner. In 1981 and 
1985 he took short sabbaticals to be the ship's 
doctor on research vessels operating in the 
South Atlantic. Richard and his wife would like 
to see all classmates who visit the York area. T 
Bob Silverstein writes that he continues his law 
practice in Peoria and that he remarried one 
and a half years ago. He has four daughters, all 
hard at work in a variety of fields. The oldest, 
Debra, is a TV anchor in Cincinnati, OH. He is 
currently looking for a retirement home in San 
Diego. Please keep the letters and postcards 


Jim Dean, Secretary 
RFD Box 720, South Berwick, ME 03908 

T James Dean will be starting his 31st 
year in the teaching profession. He has been at 
Berwick Academy for 23 of them. His wife 
Dianne will be taking a leave of absence from 
her teaching to return to UNH and finish up 
her master's in music. ▼ Chuck Duncan 
happily announces that his three children have 
finished college. His daughter Virginia graduated 
from U. of Virginia in 1984, his son Greg from 
Notre Dame in 1986, and another daughter Amy 
from Brown in 1989. Chuck is completing his 
28th year in teaching and his 22nd at Milton 
Academy. T Joe MacLeod sends sincere thanks 
to all who came to the 35th. Joe and his wife 
Carolyn want to particularly thank George, 
Chuck, and Widge for their extra efforts to 
entertain. T Peter Renkert is now a Board of 
Directors member of the American Fishing 
Tackle Manufacturers Association and Chairman 
of the Fishing Trade Show. He is President of 
the Bead Tackle Company of Bridgeport, CT. ▼ 
Stanley Rhodes' oldest daughter, Robin, was 
married to Todd Astar in the Middlebury Chapel 
this summer. She is now assistant admissions 
counselor at St. Michael's College in Burlington, 
VT Daughter Heather enters Susquehanna this 
fall. Stan is one of four candidates running for 
two seats on the Regional Board of Education. 


35th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Lyman Cousens, Secretary 
11 Penwood #9, Penacook, NH 03303 


Ralph Ardiff, Secretary 
238 Conant Street, Danvers, MA 01923 

The response to my plea for news from 
the Class of 1958 showed a drop of 33.3 
percent from my first request for news last 
spring. I hope that this is a one-time aberration 
and that there will soon be many response cards 
in my mailbox. ▼ Newt Lamson reported that 
the publishing business in the Big Apple is less 
than terrific, but that his children are growing at 
a terrifying pace (which might seem shocking to 
those of us whose children are grown, but 
Newt's second family includes a two-year-old and 
a four-year-old). T Chick Carroll (who still goes 
by "Chick") is managing to keep his real estate 
development business intact, which is no easy 
feat when you consider the depressed state of 
real estate in the Northeast. All four children 
have now left the nest, leaving Chick and Ann 
more free time. Chick is completing construc- 
tion of a new ski area in southern Pennsylvania, 
and we all hope that Chick checked out the an- 
nual snowfall in that area before undertaking the 
venture. T Mike Dunsford (who no longer calls 
himself "Dunce") is feeling nostalgic as we 
approach our 35th reunion in a couple of years, 
and began thinking about clandestine hockey 
games at 5:30 a.m. on nearby ponds, and 
dances with half the couples sporting grass 
stains while rest of us wondered why those with 
grass stains appeared so much happier than 
those of us who stayed inside discussing the 
problems of the world. T Finally, Nuff 
Withington reports, "I have got the American 
average family of 2.6 children ages 25, 23, 12, 
all by the same wife. I am employed as a U.S. 
taxpayer that I subsidize by peddling stocks and 
bonds at Shearson Lehman Bros., or slinging 
hash at Locke-Ober's Cafe. My wife is the same 
girl I plucked out of Abbot Academy." Nuff even 
wishes me well on our class news, expressing 
the opinion that most of our class has joined 
the C.I.A. I personally don't believe that most of 
my classmates have joined the C.I.A., but would 
appreciate some evidence to disprove Nuffs 


Rick Friend. Secretary 
50 Dorset Road, Waban, MA 02168 

▼ Roy C. Nash says he's still a VP at MCI 
Communications Corporation. He and his wife 
do not miss New England winters at all! 

The Archon - Fall 1991 29 

Class Notes 


John Elwell, Secretary 
266 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950 

I didn't receive much news this time so the 
column will, of necessity, be short, but I know 
that my '60 classmates are getting ready to 
deluge me with Class Notes for the next issue. ▼ 
Bob Rimer wrote that they had a quiet summer, 
and particularly enjoyed having Jeremy '94 home. 
Bob did some fishing in the Bahamas and 
caught a 300 lb. marlin. Doesn't sound like the 
summer was that quiet! For the environmentalists 
and animal lovers amongst us, I am pleased to 
report that Bob released the marlin. I wonder if 
the picture of the marlin comes before his family 
picture in his wallet! T Dick Henry wrote last 
spring that in June his daughter Megan was 
graduating from Princeton and would be teach- 
ing music at the Chapin School in NYC and his 
daughter Marian was graduating from Lawrence- 
ville, entering Princeton this fall. His son Jamie, 
who is an avid golfer, is entering his second year 
at Lawrenceville. Dick is currently fulfilling his 
lifelong dream: designing his own house for land 
he and his wife have purchased on an island in 
South Carolina. Sounds like an excellent place 
for a class of '60 midwinter reunion gathering! T 
Geoff Nichols writes that he and Joan celebrated 
their 30th wedding anniversary, and his 50th 
birthday with a big party put on by their kids. I 
never realized that Geoff was so much older than 
the rest of us! Congratulations, Geoff, on both 
the birthday and anniversary. In this day and age 
30 years of marriage is a significant milestone. ▼ 
Bill Lelash writes he's presently working for 
Saudi Aramco as a security consultant. T Bob 
Rimer talked with Les Porter during the sum- 
mer, the first time in 31 years. Les lives in 
Phoenix, claims to have all his hair, and it is the 
same color. He also claims his stomach is in as 
good a shape as it was when he was a teenager. 
Well, my time is up and I thank you for yours. 
Please don't forget to send me news about 
yourself, your family or a fellow classmate! 


John Sawyer, Secretary 
3616 Beech Run Lane, Mechanksburg, PA 17055 

T Dave Stringer writes that he was unable to 
attend the 30th Reunion because he was attend- 
ing #4 son's graduation at the University of 
Oregon. Two boys have already graduated, and 
Dave has just written the last tuition check to 
Ohio Wesleyan for #5 son. #1 son has one more 
year at the University of California at Santa Cruz. 
Deanna and Dave are fine and staying very busy, 
spending the winter months in Naples, FL, and 
the rest of the year in Eagle Village in Manlius, 
NY. Stringer Development and Stringer Cons- 
truction Companies continue doing a good 

amount of business, but, like most in the indus- 
try, look forward to the end of the recession. ▼ 
Dave just saw Albie Booth in June. ▼ Stan 
Thomas writes that he was married at the end of 
June, and that he and his wife Rosalie then 
moved her household from St. Louis to his home 
in Wisconsin. Then, three weeks later, they 
moved into another home they had purchased in 
rural West Salem, WI. Stan advises that it's been 
a busy summer! 


30th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Thomas Tobey, Secretary 
59 West Portola Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022 

Burke Leahey, Secretary 
160 King Caesar Road, Duxbury, MA 02332 

T After an unsuccessful run for the 
govemship of New Mexico, Frank Bond reports 
that he is alive and well and living in Santa Fe 
with his wife Kathy and four children. With their 
youngest son finishing up at Colorado College, 
he continues lawyering and cattle ranching and 
is toying with another jump into the political fray. 
In addition to helping found both the World 
Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, ID, and The 
Peregrine Fund, Frank keeps and trains falcons. 
Those of you interested in helping preserve our 
feathered attack friends may send your checks 
directly to Frank. T Bill McPhee writes that 
"after 20-plus years at IBM, during which I pur- 
sued a career as a systems programmer, designer, 
systems project manager, project manager and 
director, I left IBM to become a consultant with 
Cravis, Swaine and Moore, a New York law firm 
concentrating on computer science ad program- 
ming matters." ▼ Burke Leahey, on the advice 
of a psychiatrist (not his), and with only moder- 
ate success, has taken up lobstering part-time. T 
He is still recovering from the sight of Peter 
Machinist, despite his new membership on the 
Harvard faculty, doing wild and crazy things at 
their 25th reunion of Harvard's class of 1966. 


Bob Fullerton, Secretary 

Stonedam Island Road, RFD #1, 

Box 907, Meredith NH 03253 

You guys are FANTASTIC!!! What a great 
response! I thank each and every one of you — 
the old faithful regulars and some first-timers (at 
least since I've had the job). Your cards just 
seemed to keep pouring in, and they should be a 
pleasant treat for the rest of us to read. It has 
always been a belief of mine that Class Notes are 
a form of human catnip. No matter how bitter- 
sweet the memories may be, no matter how long 
it's been since the last visit, no matter how many 
reunions have been made or missed, and no 

matter how conscientious the efforts at retaining 
old friendships have been, there is no living soul 
who can resist the temptation of immediately 
turning to the Class Notes section when the 
alumni magazine arrives. I was recently shown an 
article written in The Smithsonian by James 
Nelson which supports my belief. In it he states: 
"As everyone knows, they (Class Notes) are a very 
popular item in every alumni magazine. No mat- 
ter how relevant or flashy the editors try to make 
their lead articles, the first thing alumni turn to 
— if they turn to anything at all — is the back of 
the book where the Class Notes are buried. The 
habit is so addictive that people often find them- 
selves reading about the lives of classmates 
they've never met or about alumni in other 
classes." T Even Jeff Ellis alluded to this in the 
note he recently sent me: ". . . Hope this helps 
the average, though I can't for the life of me 
understand why we go to such lengths to publish 
our bragging. I really shouldn't complain; I do 
like hearing what everyone is up to." After 
reading the following, reflect for a moment how 
much you enjoyed "catching-up," and next time 
send in something yourself to share with 
others . . . even if it's in the form of a Nasty- 
Gram. And so, in alphabetical order . . . T 
Frank E. Austin, III (a late arrival from the last 
news solicitation) says: "On March 16, 1991 I was 
married to Catherine Louise Kistler. We are 
residing at 3803 Durness Way, Houston, TX 
77025." (Thanks, Frank. Congratulations!-Ed.) 
T Dave (Butts) Butler writes: "I'm a corporate 
lawyer with the Prudential Insurance Co. I work 
with their Asian operations, and have been living 
in Japan with my wife (Carol) and daughter 
(Meaghan, six) since May '90. We plan to rotate 
back to the States in December" ▼ Peter 
Coburn states: "I spent the summer at the 
University of Kansas studying modern Chinese 
painting. I brought home some buffalo chips: 
perhaps our esteemed class agent (aka Bill 
Sloan— Ed.) can develop a class contest and a 
chip can be the prize." (Hold onto the prize, 
Peter, we'll get back to you.— Ed.) T Don Con- 
nelly relates: "Still at Putnam! Senior Vice 
President and Senior Account Manager. I've 
taken up golf, my goal is to play one round with 
the same ball! Have played Pebble Beach, Spy- 
glass and Camelback. Looking forward to ski 
season." T David Dent yawns: "Just had twin 
girls in May. That makes it four under four which 
I've heard keeps you young! I am planning on 
purchasing a converted van so that I can take 
short vacations, unless a classmate would like to 
babysit so Karen and I can escape. Please call if 
interested." ▼ Jeff Ellis exclaims: "Nancy and I 
continue to live in Crystal Lake, IL. I spent most 
of the summer in Texas qualifying to fly the 
DC-10 overseas. While I was sweltering, Nancy 
was leisurely cruising the Caribbean with her 
sister. You haven't seen hot until you spend a 
summer in Baja, OK! Some of you will be happy 
to hear that my "attitude" has come back to 

30 The Archon - Fall 1991 

haunt me in spades through my daughter Molly. 
How does a family survive a headstrong five-year- 
old?" T John Maclntyre is currently living in Ft. 
Walton Beach, FL, as a Reserve technician. T 
Robert (Benny) Mann muses: "Living in Ft. 
Lauderdale and working real estate. Married 
almost a year, but no heir to the family fortune 
yet!" T Peter Motrin proclaims: "I enjoyed 
seeing Duane Paluska in Brunswick, ME, at his 
Icon Gallery. Paloo is still making great furniture, 
paintings and sculpture." ▼ Chad Smith sum- 
marizes: "Older daughter Heather has returned 
from her spring semester abroad at Sophia Univ- 
ersity in Tokyo and is currently returning to 
Williams for her senior year. Younger daughter (I 
have only two) Megan has graduated as valedic- 
torian of her class at Mount Desert Island High 
School and is currently preparing for her fresh- 
man year at Middlebury. For obvious reasons, 
their Dad continues to vigorously practice law. 
Hope to see you (all— Ed.) in '93 if not before." 
(Unbeknownst to Chad, Cindi and I, glistening — 
or sweating as the case may be — and out of 
breath, ran into an old friend of Chad and 
Marion, Peter Goodwin, atop Mt. Lafayette in the 
NH Presidential Range in August. What a small 
world." (though we didn't think so that day! Ed.) 
T Gray Whitford reports: "First update in a 
long time! I'm a project engineer at the Beaver 
Valley Nuclear Power Station near Pittsburgh, 
where I have worked for the last 14 years. Beaver 
Valley was the first nuclear plant to generate 
electricity commercially in 1957. Wife Linda is 
English Department Head at nearby Ambridge 
Area High School. Son Jeff just got his commer- 
cial pilot's license and is studying at Robert 
Morris Business College." (Thanks for the note, 
Gary.— Ed.) Once again, thank you for your 
input. Perhaps your interest will cause a few 
more to "come out of the closet" next time. 


John Mercer, Secretary 
167 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 

T Andres Echavarria says, he and family 
(wife Diana, son Antonio, daughter Lucia) are 
currently living in Paris and still working with his 
family operation. T Regards to everyone and es- 
pecially to Terry Golden. ▼ I had lunch recently 
with Bill Poole and Chris Olney. Bill says that 
he's growing "much too quickly." Chris's daughter 
will be junior at GDA this fall. ▼ Bruce Fraser 
reports: "Over a decade of relentless courtship 
finally wore Connie down, and she agreed on 
May 1st to marry me. My good luck is super- 
seded only by her bad judgment. No date set, 
but we are about to close on a 1790s Federalist 
house in Middletown, CT." Since the last report I 
have had two cards from Bob Canterbury, the 
first, as follows, just missed the deadline for the 
spring Archon: "While collecting unemployment 
from the State of Vermont, I'm doing volunteer 

work for the Names Project/Aids Memorial Quilt. 
Twenty-thousand people visited a major display 
of 1,000 panels at MIT last fall over three days." 
In response to my next plea for information, Bob 
wrote, "John, John, John: you never use anything 
I write ... I am now working for myself (at last!), 
doing interior/exterior/graphic design consulting, 
which gives me time to work for the Names 
Project/Aids Memorial Quilt, planning a major 
display in Boston next spring and Washington, 
DC, next fall ('92)." My apologies to Bob for not 
getting the previous message into print more 
quickly. This past summer I had the chance 
again to become a camp counsellor after having 
a 23-year lapse. Putnam Camp, a rustic camp in 
the Adirondacks which I visit almost every sum- 
mer, needed someone who knew the high peaks 
region to stand in as a kind of mountain adviser, 
since the usual managers were on sabbatical. 
Since my wife was touring Europe with Newbury- 
port Choral Society (including Ralph Johnson, ), 
I volunteered to be the 'mountain companion' for 
the month of July. It was a splendid month in- 
deed, a month during which I had to do little 
but what I love most: walking the high peaks. I 
ended up climbing 21 mountains and walking 
about 200 mountainous miles. My feet kept up 
well, I lost no guests and I doubt that I will ever 
spend such a peripatetic month. In worried prep- 
aration for this task, I joined a health club and 
became all too intimate with stair masters and 
weight machines. ▼ While in the Adirondacks, I 
visited twice with Lou Higgins, who seems to be 
spending most of his time tending his property 
outside of Lake Placid. Having given up on 
horses, he is planning, by his own report, to 
raise chickens. As those who know Lou can 
easily imagine, he is aware of the comic possi- 
bilities of this, referring to himself frequently in 
our conversation as a chicken wrangler. He con- 
tinues in his law practice, though I assume I will 
next discover him deep in agribusiness, if noth- 
ing else. ▼ The Reverend /. Lee Potter has con- 
tinued his stream of missives from England, 
mostly reporting on the doings of the Royal Fam- 
ily. He also sent me an interesting article on the 
archaeological work being done on the Rose 
Theatre, built by Philip Henslowe in 1587. Before 
it burned in 1605, the theatre housed produc- 
tions of many of the most famous Elizabethan 
authors, among them Shakespeare and Chris- 
topher Marlowe. This article, and Lee's kindness 
in sending it, delights me, yet I'm sure that it 
would have delighted my father even more. As 
some of you may remember, he was fond of 
quoting Marlowe, at length. As usual, Lee's 
envelopes were emblazoned with stickers, the 
most prominent concerning freedom for the 
Baltic States. How pleased Lee must be! T After 
two years as chief of staff to the Speaker of the 
Oregon House of Representatives, Dave Moss 
has left government service to become the 
director of all election activity. As a hobby, he is 
still on the Salem City Council serving as 
President of the Council this year. 


Ken Linberg, Secretary 
6775-A Pasado Road, Goleta, CA 93117 

▼ It was particularly nice to receive a note 
from Doug Smith and to learn that he is alive, 
well and currently president of Smith Auto Sales 
of Lebanon, NH. His daughter Alison is 11 years 
old. Doug further relates, "GDA was tough, but 
nothing compared to the U.S. Army and Vietnam 
as an infantry platoon leader" A major under- 
statement, we hope! ▼ Chester Parasco and 
John Hayden surprised me with a choice phone 
call one evening recentiy. It was fun hearing from 
them both. Both are well. Chester is newly and 
contentedly ensconced in an ancestral home in 
Jamaica Plain that was bequeathed him by his 
late aunt. His prodigious classical library is at 
last united under one roof. This I've got to see, 
and look forward to doing so come December. T 
Al Chase wrote in to say that soon he and his 
wife Sue will welcome into their Exeter, NH, 
home two young seminarians from Timisoara, 
Romania. As well, Al is "making plans for May of 
'92 to lead a two-week tour to Turkey and 
Greece, retracing the route of some of the 
Aposde Paul's missionary journeys." We wish him 
well! T Finally, it is always great to hear from 
our ever-roving media czar Mark Starr. To quote 
his note, "Having spent all of '88 on the road 
with Dukakis, Karen and I dreaded the onset of 
the coming political season. But I lucked out. 
I've been assigned to cover both Olympics — 
Winter in the French Alps, Summer in Barce- 
lona. My principal qualifications were apparentiy 
my love of sports and my ability to order food in 
all languages." Tough being banished to Albert- 
ville and Barcelona and having to miss all the 
pre-election excitement and maneuverings. We 
look forward to his carefully crafted reportage in 
Newsweek during those much-anticipated events. 
T Steve Rolfe has been transferred to Singa- 
pore. ▼ Russell Thomas visited with Chet 
Parasco in March, touring the North Shore 
Kudos to the seven loyal class members above 
who checked in with us. May it serve as inspira- 
tion to the rest of you characters to follow suit 
next time! All the best to you all. 


Lawrence Hilliard, Secretary 
2835 Carleton Drive. Jackson. MS 39212 

T Barry Sullivan has been keeping busy 
with a multitude of activities befitting a Morse 
Flag winner. In April, he spoke at the annual 
meeting of the Federation of State Medical 
Boards, in May he presented the Jessica Swift 
Memorial Lecture in Constitutional Law at 
Middlebury College and in June he testified 
before the National Commission on AIDS. In his 
spare time, he taught a class at Northwestern 
University Law School. Bam was unable to 

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Class Notes 

attend the 25th class reunion this year, hut 
hopes to make it for the 30th in 1996. T Steve 
Cripper has gone from captain of the 1966 GDA 
hockey team to an American Airlines captain. He 
and his wife Debbie have two boys, Peter, five, 
and Tim, two. 


25th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Bennett Beach, Secretary 
7207 Denton Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 

T Stark Beatty has left New York City in 
a big way, moving to Seattle, where he continues 
his work as a consultant. His clients include 
Hughes Aircraft, which has a Galaxy classroom 
project. T The class is about to send its first 
offspring to GDA. Don Gay's son Don is a fresh- 
man. T Lew Rum ford and Don have been com- 
municating via prodigy and are interested in 
hooking up with others with that program. 
Educational history is also repeating itself in 
Charlottesville. ▼ Reid Pugh's oldest child 
Bradley has entered the University of Virginia. 
Reid's company, Vimasco Corp., has him 
traveling extensively. ▼ Joe Schwarzer is back 
in the Bay State. Joe is making the adjustment 
from Istanbul to Worcester as he settles in as 
director of the renowned Higgins Armory Mus- 
eum. Meantime, he is completing his dissertation 
in medieval art and archaeology at Penn. T 


Joseph K. Schwarzer U '67 has been named 
director of the Higgins Armory Museum in 

Trustee, Bill Alfond, and family have moved to 
Beacon Hill. Bill is making no predictions about 
the 1992 Red Sox. ▼ Rich Brayton has merged 

his interior design outfit with another to form 
Brayton & Hughes, Design Studio. The firm is 
working on the Sheraton Palace Hotel renovation 
in San Francisco and has clients in Japan and 
New Caledonia. ▼ One of the class's last hold- 
outs, Win Burt, is now a married man. On 
September 9, under the watchful eyes of Roger 
Block and Lew Rumford, Win wed Lynn Ed- 
wards in Ashfield, MA. They had their honey- 
moon at a sailing school in Maine. T At last 
count, Jim Millett was coaching four youth 
sports in the Portland, ME, area: baseball, 
hockey, soccer and softball. In his spare time, 
Jim practices law, specializing in personal injury. 
▼ Jim Nevius has sired a third son, moving him 
into a three-way tie for first with Dave Marsh 
and Don Gay. Or has one of you produced 
more? Trevor was bom August 29, 1989, with 
some important help from Jim's wife Angela. Jim 
is the manager of transportation at Amerada 
Hess. T Mick Doolittle has gone back to his 
Washington area roots, taking a real estate posi- 
tion with Bedford Properties in Rockville, MD. 
He and his family are living in Ijamsville. Don't 
forget our 25th Reunion back in June 12-14!! 


Carl Spang, Secretary 
RFD #i, Wiswall Road, Newmarket, NH 03857 

Somehow, it slipped by me. It had been a 
busy summer. Adding to our house, starting a 
new job, discovering that being a parent is just 
one new challenge after another . . . with no time 
for actually perfecting the technique. And yet, I 
thought I had this one item under control. 
Finally. At last. I had a system for writing our 
Archon Class Notes on time and with content. I 
felt, momentarily, at peace. And then, just last 
week (how did it get to be September so soon?), 
I was cleaning up around the desk and found 
this little card. It was a white card with a red 
border A bit bent up, a bit dusty. Hiding under- 
neath a few odds and ends. A nice looking card. 
Simple and straightforward in design. The kind 
of card you get from the library when your books 
are overdue. The kind of card you get from your 
son's second grade teacher, asking for a confer- 
ence "at your earliest convenience." The card 
said that my notes for the Archon were due 
September 5th! It was September 16th! Out of 
control, again! So . . . with apologies to my 
classmates and the editor of the Archon, here's 
the news for the Class of 1968. T We had a 
great time at John Sowles' house this July with 
Rick and Pat Kaye-Schiess, Robbie and Denise 
Lord, and the Sowles family. This has been an 
annual event, with John hosting the gathering 
this year at his home in Yarmouth, ME. The kids 
entertained each other (without too much injury) 
while the adults caught up with the news. Rick is 
teaching special education classes in Sanford, 
ME, while John is working as the chief biologist 

for Maine Fish and Game. Robbie Lord is man- 
aging the telemarketing sales for a biotechnology 
company based in Portland, ME. Canoeing and 
sailing were on everyone's mind, as it was a hot 
July day. We compared notes on trips taken and 
trips planned. We discussed family and friends. 
T We called Windsor White (actually, Robbie 
called Windsor in Boulder, CO, on John's phone 
as a way of preparing John for his daughter's 
teenage years. Very considerate). Windsor is 
working with a company that produces and 
markets audio cassettes on a wide variety of 
topics, and has retained a sharp sense of humor. 
T Paul A. Cares is still teaching geography at 
Colgate University. He and wife Pam adopted two 
children, Christine and Andrew, bought a farm 
for Pam's horses and started the kids skiing so 
that they have the same kind of fun he had with 
Rick Scheiss and Robbie Lord. ▼ We spent this 
spring with John and Wendy Wannop at their 
home in Woodstock, VT John and I spent a 
wonderful day with a fly-fishing guide, learning 
the ways of some local Vermont streams. Of 
course, John caught a few more fish than I 
did . . . in fact, John caught three good sized 
trout while I managed to miss them all. I can 
only conclude with the observation that the 
summer is a hard time for Class Notes . . . and 
the pledge to renew my vigilance as Class Secre- 
tary. I know that the Class of '68 is out there, 
setting the pace for the 1990s. Keep those cards 
and letters coming . . . and I'll keep a better eye 
on those little white cards with the red borders. 


Jeff Gordon, Secretary 

Slocura, Gordon & Company 

P.O. Box 669, Newport, RI 02840 

The fall semester is about one month old. 
The days have become chilly and the afternoon 
light bathes the campus in an autumn glow as 
the maples and pin oaks mix their leaves on 
Middle Road. The students roam the campus 
between classes, the juniors and seniors with 
assured look of experience while the freshmen 
and sophomores still look a bit apprehensive 
about their place in the pecking order. T Bob 
Amsler has already mastered the physics course 
and is eager to dig deeper into the mysteries of 
science and math. ▼ Swift Barnes is on his way 
to the mailroom to get his newspaper. He'll pro- 
bably go down to the Grill for a black-and-white 
frappe from there. T Vic Bond is carrying his 
soccer cleats with him as he heads down to the 
gym. He had quite a game against St. Mark's on 
Saturday, scoring the winning goal as a halfback 
of the JV team. T Jack Connelly and Billy 
Clyde both are wearing their GDA jackets as they 
cross over the quad heading to Parsons for class. 
A freshman stops them to ask which dorm is 
Ambrose. He's been looking all over for it, and 
now learns it is quite a hike up the road from 

32 The Archon - Fall 1991 

here. T Peter Borneman has just picked up his 
mail and is heading to the Grill for free period. 
His smile betrays who the letter is from, and she 
misses him too! T Peter Dorsey just dropped all 
his books running from Phillips to Frost. Evi- 
dently, he could not find his English homework, 
and wonders what Mr. Martin will do to him. 
Last week, he lost his Latin book, and Mr. 
Navins made him stand in front of the black- 
board with a map of Gaul pulled down in front of 
him. T Nat Follansbee has just come out of the 
library with his brother Harper. He has got it 
made with an older brother on campus. T David 
Forbes, looking a little dazed, has just emerged 
from Peirce where Mr. Evans has just begun the 
review of Algebra II. T Jeff Gordon walks with 
him with his copy of Sports Illustrated, which Mr. 
Evans has let him read in class. It's early in the 
year yet, and he knows all the answers. (That will 
soon change!) T Joe Lilly and Gary Galyean 
are quite well-dressed as they head up from 
Perkins on their way to Mr. Sperry's history class. 
They are stopped on the way by Joe's brother, 
George, who reminds Joe that the Meistersingers 
are supposed to practice tonight. There is a glee 
club concert with Walnut Hill next week. T 
Conrad Miller and Phelps Holloway have gone 
to the library, both wearing Topsiders. There 
aren't many of those around the campus; wonder 
where they get those? T John O'Leary is on his 
way to the Chapel for religion class with Mr. 
Mercer. The morning class over there isn't as 
desirable as the afternoon period. With the wind 
singing through the pines outside the window, it 
is easier to sleep in the afternoon. ▼ John Pates 
is looking somewhat lost in this country setting 
as he crosses the bowl toward Phillips. ▼ New 
York City seems a long way from here, but She! 
Sacks reassures him as he dreams of becoming a 
dentist and setting up dental clinics all over New 
York State. ▼ Mike Shay and Art Shultz have 
much to be relieved about after biology class. Mr. 
Anderson decided not to collect the homework, 
which, it turns out, neither of them got around 
■to completing. The upperclassmen are now head- 
ing down to the gym for soccer and football 
practice. When the varsity come out on the field, 
they just tower over everyone else. The stands 
are empty now, but the Groton game this week- 
end will take some work to get ready for. On Sat- 
urday there will be parents around for Parents' 
Day, and the varsity teams must win. The 
underclassmen stare at those guys who are 
wearing the maroon letter sweaters and wonder if 
they will ever get to wear the "G." There is no 
more beautiful place than on this fall afternoon 
in South Byfield. We are all growing up here and 
it is our home. 


J. Randall Whitney, Secretary 
65Nashoba Road, Concord, MA 01742 

A good turnout from the class of 70. T 
Jeff Brown and Jack Cutler keep on climbing: 
lately it's been Humphrey Peak (AZ), Boinda 
Peak (NY) and Mt. Whitney (CA). (I'll bet that 
last one was special.) I hope we still hear from 
them after they have succeeded in climbing all 
the states' high points. ▼ And while we're 
outdoors, Nat Williams writes that he is Director 
of Government relations for the Nature 
Conservancy in Washington, D.C. Endangered 
species and land conservation issues occupy his 
time, as well as daughter Jordan (six) and son, 
Sam (four). Annette, his wife, works for 
Neurosoft. T Morocco Flowers feels great, he's 
taking some of the best photographs of his life. 
Stay in touch, Morocco, and let us know what 
develops . . . T Mike O'Leary 's daughter, 
Jacqueline Grace, by the time you read this, will 
be one year old. T Bill Tbbey's Rebecca is 18 
months old and is already a language specialist. 
Bill writes "she mostly speaks in a language that 
closely resembles 15th century French." Wife 
Marilyn is a freelance translator — French, 
Spanish, Italian and soon, I'm sure, Finnish. T 
Jonathan Imber will be moving his family to 
Washington, D.C, for the year for his sabbatical. 
He'll be a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Inter- 
national Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian 
— stop in! T Henry Eaton has taken a cue from 
Tbm Nast and will be enrolled in Suffolk Law 
School this fall. Cathy Eaton is back at Channel 
7 here in Boston as Program Director, and some- 
how Henry and Cathy find time for Brooke (six) 
and Penny (two) in their busy schedules. And 
since you all asked, Joan and I are fine. Cath- 
erine (eight) and Alex (five) have just returned to 
school after a busy summer. Now Mom and Dad 
can get some rest! Stay in touch, everybody. 


Mike Mulligan, Secretary 
Thacher School, 5025 Thacher Road, Ojai, CA 93023 

T Justin Doyle and wife are living in 
London. Justin, working for Bear Stearns. ▼ 
Richard Guenther writes he's rehabbing a sum- 
mer cottage in Michigan and getting the sailboat 
ready for summer. T Mike Mulligan is building a 
log cabin in Wyoming. T Stephen Salloway has 
accepted a new position as Assistant Professor in 
the Department of Neurology at Brown Univer- 
sity, and is looking forward to giving a series of 
lectures coordinated by Brian Lenane in the fall. 
The following was submitted by Barry Burling- 
ham in lieu of traditional class notes: The first 
few times it made me feel as though we were all 
growing up. Fifth reunion was about new jobs, 
budding careers. Our tenth reunion featured an 

abundance of significant others. At our 15th, our 
careers in full cry, diapered offspring seemed to 
dot the landscape, perched atop shoulders and 
peering between the legs of parents reminiscing 
with classmates, drinks in hand. Our 20th reun- 
ion was a landmark not wholly anticipated, and 
greeted with some reluctance. John', Barry?, 
Calling about the Annual Fund and our twenti- 
eth, reunion. Say again', Our twentieth — it's 
this spring!, Nooo, uh, let's see. It couldn't, we 
just . . . really? Following the shock, the realiza- 
tion began to dawn. Twenty years. Years of 
change, growth and transition. It is a number 
with a ring to it, a number implying responsibi- 
lity and seriousness. As with all reunions, ours 
was about then as much as about now. Sand- 
wiched between snippets of family news and job 
changes was the usual banter of yesteryear. Was- 
n't he the one locked out of his room that they 
caught on the window ledge in his underwear? or 
Didn't some senior send so-and-so looking for 
keys to the batter's box first semester freshman 
year? Maturity had descended on us all, leaving 
that other useful part of us to linger in the door- 
ways of old classrooms or to retrace pathways 
worn bare by routine two decades old. For a 
while I was a kid again, surrounded by other 
kids with older faces, students once more fixed 
in time by so many memories. In every alum, as 
the saying goes, there is a student struggling to 
get out. Perhaps for one weekend every five years 
that isn't so much to ask. 

^_^^ 1972 

20th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Geoffrey Durham, Secretary 
26315 West Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda. IL 60084 

▼ Cameron 'Tunker' Hosmer writes that 
after many years he has received a letter from his 
old roommate Harrison Smith. Tunker is still 
farming wine grapes and making wine in New 
York. He and his family spent last winter in the 
beautiful Teton Mountains in northwest Wyoming 
teaching his kids how to ski. Tunker plans on 
attending the reunion. ▼ Brian Lenane and his 
wife Susan are entering their third year at GDA. 
Susie is a mathematics teacher and Brian is the 
Director of Studies. His two children, Kate and 
Kevin, are entering seventh and sixth grade 
respectively. Brian attended the Harvard Grad- 
uate School of Education this past spring com- 
pleting his Certificate of Advanced Study. Brian 
looks forward to 1992 and the reunion. ▼ Peter 
Conway writes that things are moving along 
well. He is looking forward to 1992 and the 
reunion. ▼ Mike Driscoll works for COMTEK 
Exposition in Wilton. CT. managing the largest 
computer show in the USSR. He is now launch- 
ing "Consumer Electronika Moscow '91." which 
will take place in Moscow in September. He will 

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Class Notes 

also be launching a new Soviet show in June of 
1992. It will be titled "Made in USA", and is 
certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 
Mike says any American exporter interested can 
call Mike at COMTEK in Wilton. Mike was able 
to sell his house in Bridgeport, CT, after three 
years of trying and three weeks from when 
Bridgeport declared bankruptcy. T Life has not 
changed much recently for Geoff Durham. I am 
working at Allstate Insurance Company in North- 
brook, IL. My 15th anniversary was this past 
June. I am making plans on coming east for the 
reunion and hope everyone is doing the same. 


Deborah Eames McClement, Secretary 
t 113 Cornwall Road, Burlington, CT 06013 


Peter Arnold, Secretary 
22 Bellefontaine Avenue, Framingham, MA 01701 

T Dave Williams was one of four 
students at Cooper Union selected for recogni- 
tion on outstanding work in communication and 
graphic design by the Art Directors Club of the 
University. T Konrad Schoen has recently 
returned from St. Louis, where he renovated a 
1909 house belonging to his family. He writes, "It 
all looked so deceptively easy on 'This Old 
House'." T While he was there he saw Jill 
Stevens, who is doing well. Konrad is currently a 
general practice lawyer in Durham, NC. General 
means that one handles whatever a client needs, 
given that the client shows up at the office 
clutching money in his/her grubby little fist. It is 
a learning experience. T Periodically he sees, or 
talks to the Chase brothers. Brandon Chase is 
living in the wine country of California, busy 
making very nice wood products. His line is 
trademarked "Bartelt", and is primarily kitchen 
related. BUY SOME! Brandon is married and 
has recently had a child whom he named after 
me and his father. Little Leonard Konrad Chase 
is quite a handful. Vernon Chase is the manager 
of another wood products company near Water- 
ville Valley, NH. Vernon makes caskets. Wait a 
while, then buy one. Vernon is single and is 
currently into old Jeeps. T Pam McElroy Jbner 
had a mini-GDA reunion at her wedding on July 
7, 1990. ▼ Kim (Potter) Navarre came in from 
Canada with her husband Alex and her two sons, 
Andre and Pierre. She lives just outside Montreal 
and loves it. T Courtney Wang came in from 
Dallas with his fiance Jayne-Ann. They got mar- 
ried the next day in Boston. ▼ Jack Halloran is 
a helicopter pilot in the Navy and has transferred 
to Weymouth, MA, from San Francisco. Pam's 
sister, Allison (McElroy) Quintlus '77, was her 
Matron of Honor, her brother, Neal McElroy '76, 

was an usher and his wife Nina did a reading in 
the ceremony. Nina and Neal had their first child 
this June. Allison had her first child, Sarah, April 
9, 1990. Pam and her husband are living in New 
York, and she is working for Xerox and finished 
her MBA at NYU. ▼ Douglas Doty '73 recently 
met up with Mark Myers in Tashkent, USSR 
(and recognized him instantly after 18 years of 
not seeing him), where they were both working 
in different capacities for different organizations. 
Mark's address is: Kibbutz Ma'azan Michael, D.N. 
Mensha 37805, Israel. 


Greg Pope, Secretary 
29 Whittier Street, Amesbury, MA 01913 


Carol Goldberg, Secretary 
500 East 85th Street, U6C, New York, NH 10028 


15th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Joe Pietrafesa, Secretary 
5209 Fairlaum Drive, Fayetteville, NY 13066 

▼ Vicki Murphy sold Murphy's NY Style 
Deli one and a half years ago. ▼ Vincent Hsia is 
getting married in August to Wanda Wang, and 
opening his own pharmacy business. T Captain 
Robert Kruger fought in Panama, was stationed 
at Fort Bragg, NC, and now's at Fort Benning, 
GA. T Robert Tbrr is a salesman for a medical 
supply company in metro Philadelphia, and wants 
to know if Andy Sterge is in Philly area to play 


Leslie Lafond, Secretary 
459 High Street, Hampton, NH 03842 

▼ Phil Pescosolido, the import/export 
sales manager for an agricultural commodities 
trading company, is currently on his ranch in the 
San Joaquin Valley with wife Cissie and their two 
boys, raising horses and dogs. T Christopher 
Latham has a book being published in the spring 
of 1992 called "A Room Full of Flowers." He's 
shooting still-lifes on location and interiors in 
NYC. ▼ Rolf Dammann says, he and his wife are 
still working in Congress. Being there throughout 
the Persian Gulf drama was quite an experience 
▼ He may be golfing with Phil Ogden and his 
wife in Scotiand sometime this fall. T Peter Hey 
says he is serving three United Methodist 
Churches, and has from time to time seen former 
Headmaster Jack Ragle. Second child Rebecca 
was bom April 15, 1991. 


Abby Woodbury, Secretary 
60A Gorham Avenue, Apt. A, Brookline, MA 02146 

In the coming months we will be compil- 
ing a class of '79 directory, so if you haven't 
written in a while and are reading this at your 
parents', drop a line. We are also planning a 
mini-reunion for the fall — details to follow. Keep 
those pictures coming. Don't be discouraged if 
all can't be published. ▼ Our first entry is a 
mystery one from Vermont (Betsy Farley? 
Wendy Silin McAvoy?) "It's been a good sum- 
mer, starting with the National Rainbow gather- 
ing in the Green Mountains, then winning tickets 
for the Newport Folk Festival, with back-stage 
passes etc. The house is still unfinished, but we'll 


Ike Suggs and Tbm Driscoll stage a mini-reunion for the Class of '78 at the spring alumni lacrosse game 

34 The Archon - Fall 1991 

be starting on the barn next week and hopefully 
the horses can live at home this winter." T 
Debbi Baker Black, husband Jim and son Harri- 
son are adding to their family circle. I first heard 
the news from Deb's grandmother (what a hot 
ticket!) "We had a great time at the get-together. 
Can't wait for the next one. Let's make it soon. 
Jim and I are very much enjoying parenthood; 
Harrison is nine months now, and we are expect- 
ing our second child in April. We're going on 
our first family vacation to Denver in October. 
Can't wait. Hi to all!" ▼ Duffy and Nancy 
Bowditch sent the birth announcement for their 
son, "Peter Hale, born April 28, eight pounds, 
10 ounces, 21 inches with blonde hair and blue 
eyes." Congratulations. T Kathy Coffin 
Hourihan succinctly writes, "Nothing new to tell. 
Jared is now five and Lauren is three. Still 
healthy and happily living in Falmouth, ME. T 
Steve Judson's business is keeping him globe- 
trotting: "I wondered if anyone had seen Pala- 
deno? I would be interested to track him down to 
catch up. Business has kept me on a plane most 
of last year; primarily in Asia and Europe. Things 
are going well, and I think that corporate 
sponsorship is on the rise for culture. I hope 
things are well with everyone. Please call if you 
come to New York (212-974-1917). All the best." 
T This next item may mean that this New 
Englander may never leave that island . . . "Aloha 
once again! Not much time to get this done! 
Well, BIG NEWS! Still here at Hawaii Prep as 
Athletic Director. Building a house over the sum- 
mer, should be done November 1st. And ... I am 
engaged to Robyn Brilhonte. Wedding will be 
June 20, 1992 here in Hawaii. Should be a busy 
year. I'll try to keep you up to date. Aloha. PS. 
second dog in the family now: Hoku and Alika 
— two black labs." T Susie Potter, who began 
her career working at an advertising agency and 
then moved to CSA selling securities, has 
switched back to the creative side as a represen- 
tative for a recording studio, Sound Techniques. I 
was treated to a tour of this very impressive, hi- 
. tech operation. Ironically, Susie's clients are some 
of my former co-workers from my years on the 
agency side. In fact, Sound Techniques worked 
on the most recent television spots for my new 
employer, Fleet Bank of Massachusetts (formerly 
Bank of New England). ▼■ Laura Roome 
forwarded this news update from Manchester, 
NH: "I'm still in Manchester, and still working at 
McQuades and still awaiting a decision by the 
F.A.A. regarding admission to their Air Traffic 
Control program. Had considered returning to 
school full-time for my MBA, but snafus have 
delayed that also. Basically, life seems to have 
been put on hold, but otherwise, I'm keeping 
busy and looking forward to the future." T I 
received a note from Jeff Williams shortly after 
the publication of the last Archon and his father 
Dave Williams also wrote with his new address: 
"Sorry Lin Lin and I missed the get-together at 
Fanueil Hall. Unfortunately, we won't be able to 

attend anytime soon as we are living in Sydney, 
Australia, where I will be working for a few 
years." ▼ Andy Linn writes, "coping with div- 
orce, selling the house, rebuilding the family 
pottery that was destroyed by fire, has been 
humbled by God's grace and good health to re- 
build his life." ▼ Lastly, I heard from the grape- 
vine that Avery Woodworth and wife Elizabeth 
will be having a second child very soon. 


Pam Welch, Secretary 
19 Larch Row, Wenham, MA 01984 

T Marty Stephan has been selected as 
crew on Bill Koch's America's Cup entry. Quite an 
honor Marty! 


Abby Locke Castle 
7396 Kingsbury, St. Louis, MO 63130 

Summer has passed, the leaves are turn- 
ing, my roses are blooming their last shade of 
color ... I find it difficult to believe that we left 
GDA ten years ago, young children off in search 
of life everlasting. But many of us returned in 
June — about 35 in all — to renew old friend- 
ships and to make new ones. T Ivan Arguello, 
looking very much the proud papa, came up 
from the Big Apple with his lovely wife and son. 
Ivan finds the retail grocery business challenging, 
and is hoping that the recession ends soon. ▼ 
Mike Menyhart was in town from Bocato to play 
a wicked game of golf with TJ., Jamie and Nick. 
▼ He reported that younger brother Greg was 
helping him to manage the family empire. T 
Tbm Johnson and Richard Aronosian arrived at 
the festivities on Saturday dressed to kill; T.J. 
was sporting a lovely black eye. Some things 
never change. Aro is living in Tampa, working 
diligently for IBM. I wonder if he drives beer 
trucks for his friends in Florida — or if he saves 
this particular talent for those who know him 
best! ▼ Steve Metz, Sue Perry, Kao'l and 
Brandli also made up a golf team. I was thrilled 
to see Perry hit her first shot onto Route 1; 
somehow it's nice to know that she's not perfect! 
For those of you living under a rock, Sue is now 
the Director of Athletics at GDA! She and hus- 
band Brad Lurvey live on the second floor of 
Pierce with a georgeous, but large, black lab 
named George. She reported that intramural 
athletics will be starting this fall for those 
students who don't wish to participate in varsity- 
athletics! Yea! Brandli is engaged! ▼ Yes — Pete 
has found the woman of his dreams in New 
Jersey and is to be married sometime in '92, as 
is Richard Martin! T Rich lives in Magnolia, 
down the street from Molly Andrew, and is 
helping people to plan for their futures with 
financial advice. Molly commutes every' day into 

Boston as the Sales/Catering manager of the 
Sonesta Hotel. T Eric Adell also joined in the 
golf frenzy with wife Patty not too far away. Eric 
seemed to enjoy the entire day — as I recall he 
was the one who showed up at the evening's 
festivities with a bottle of tequila! ▼ I was disap- 
pointed that Mike Reilly didn't have that gor- 
geous tan that he had a couple of years ago! T 
Redman has just finished at Northeastern and 
sends his best to fellow classmates David Brown 
and Keller Laws. We missed Dave and Kal, as 
well as other west coasters, but all are doing 
well. Kal has moved to Hawaii, I believe to open 
a surf shop on the beach. We'll all be over next 
winter, Kal! Brownie and his wife moved to Ore- 
gon in early '91, and are enjoying the yuppie 
lifestyle with screaming kids (next door) and 
nosey neighbors. Personally, I want to see Brown- 
ie mow the lawn with the "Dinga Dance" inter- 
spersed through the rows, J. Geils blaring in the 
background!! He sends best regards to Breedy 
and Redman. T Actually, I was hoping for an 
encore performance of the infamous talent show 
performance but Pete Starosta had a hot date in 
Beantown and didn't make reunion either. T 
Traveling the furthest was Sarge Kennedy who 
lives and works in Silicon Valley. At the moment 
he's with Sun Microsystems working on some 
kind of software that is incomprehensible to me. 

▼ His old rugby buddy and nemesis, Ben Frost, 
was very much missed at reunion. I want to see 
this man who has accomplished so much in ten 
years — husband, father, Ph.D. candidate and 
now law school! It makes me feel very' inconse- 
quential! T I caught up with another intellectual 
from the class of '81 this summer, Dan Cooke 
Dan has recently graduated from law school in 
DC and has been busy studying for the bar. He 
expects to be in D.C. for another couple of years, 
although he is considering the west coast in 
future endeavors. T We both send our love to 
Charles, who remains incognito — we miss you. 

▼ Speaking of D.C. — Daniel Carroll Cross — 
has been very busy developing real estate deals 
in Maryland for the family company. He also 
keeps up with the deals/scandals on Capitol Hill. 
I am sure one day he will be putting out fires for 
someone who needs such assistance! ▼ Living in 
the D.C. area is Cynthia Pfeifer of Richmond. 
VA. Her summer has been exciting and adven- 
turesome, from playing doctor in D.C. to riding 
the rapids of the Colorado River. She begins her 
second year of med school this fall at the Univer- 
sity of Virginia. ▼ The Chicago contingent was 
represented by none other than Mickey and Glo 
Morison and John Cole, John works for Ameri- 
can Airlines, and is enjoying Chicago very much. 
Michael and Gloria are almost native midwestem- 
ers now. Mike is still consulting for Arthur 
Anderson. I wonder if he knows my good friend 
Phil Garrison? T Andrew Morison lives in 
Boston and is still with MCI. He brought a very 
attractive date to the party. Anyone surprised' ▼ 
By now Jennifer Graf-Steward will have given 

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Class Notes 

birth to another of the next generation. She and 
her husband were in the process of moving to 
New Hampshire from NYC when we saw them in 
June. Best of luck Jenny. ▼ Clare Putnam, 
another Beantownite, arrived early for reunion, 
along with Antea Von Henneberg, Kao'l and me. 
Clare is actually in Cambridge, working at 
Harvard. She seems well suited to the electric life 
at Harvard Square. Antea, looking more beautiful 
than 10 years ago, informed me that she still 
lives in Charlestown and is quite satisfied at the 
Design Center in Boston. She keeps in close 
touch with Kathy, who has had a great summer 
of golf and slumming at the beach. T We missed 
Lyn McCarthy and Sarah Sullivan but I really 
can't blame them for ignoring us, since they were 
witnessing Phoebe Coues' wedding. We wish 
Phoebe the best of luck and hope that all three 
will keep in touch. I know that Sarah will; as I 
recall she always did what I asked when we lived 
on Pierce 3! The Portland, ME, contingent 
arrived in force Saturday morning. T Chris Teel, 
looking very much the proud, happy, papa, 
showed up with family in tow including two 
beautiful children. They see Breedy and Heather 
quite often. Chris is still at the Bath Iron Works, 
and seems quite satisfied with life in general. T 
Rob Breed and wife Heather have a new baby, 
born a few weeks before reunion. We were all 
thrilled to meet the newest Breed! ▼ Mark 
Whitney also keeps in close touch with Rob and 
Chris. He has just returned to school — I pre- 
sume for an MBA. He was pleased we had such a 
good turnout for the day and hopes to see us all 
again soon. ▼ Clarissa Dane barely made it for 
the class picture, but it certainly wouldn't have 
been the same without her! She is currently 
living in NYC, on the West Side, while working 
on her music. When we saw her in June, she was 
off to meet her biological father. I hope it went 
well. Keep us informed Ris! T Recently we had a 
note from Pam Kelley. She is living in lovely 
Austin, TX, attending UT's School of Music, 
playing in the symphony as well as a couple of 
jazz bands. She plays the bass. She sends her 
best to all, and was sorry to have missed 
reunion. ▼ Long lost Benay Lazo lives in San 
Francisco, keeping an eye on David Hatfield, 
Rand Pendleton, Sarah Sullivan, and Doug 
Brown. She loves it and her job as the head 
honcho at a non profit agency. I saw her in 
February with main squeeze Mark, who is an 
attorney-in-training. ▼ The tricky triumvirate of 
JoAnn Leary, Kristen Russell and Elena 
Markos was missing only Ann McCullom-Miller. 
Leary is married and lives in Maine — as I recall 
she is a physical therapist. Kristen lives in Provi- 
dence, along with Dabney Friend Tbnelli. Elena 
and her husband spent the day on campus and 
enjoyed catching up with everyone. Sue Miller 
arrived for the evening festivities looking quite 
smashing. She's teaching math and raising her 
young son. ▼ Jon Pingree drove a mile or so to 
join us, and had the nerve to tell me that he 

almost didn't come!! However, we were all glad to 
see him. ▼ Sergio Obadia stopped traveling 
long enough to say hello. He has grown a 
gorgeous set of curls to make up for Tbdd 
Berksons cutting his off! Very sad! I wonder if 
Doug Brown still has his?? Todd lives in Concord 
and is busy in the restaurant business. ▼ Lisa 
Louden was in Boston for the summer on hiatus 
from MBA studies at Rollins College in Florida. 
Like me, she drove an extra golf cart at Ould 
Newbury. However, she probably didn't catch any 
flack (as I did) for driving rambunctiously over 
the greens: ▼ Jennifer Malamud gets the award 
for the nicest husband — very nice, very mellow, 
very willing to jump in and join the crowd. Jen is 
with Fidelity Investments in Boston. Are you still 
dancing? ▼ Eric "Swilly" Jones made two 
appearances at reunion. He came early, unsure 
of who would come and whether it would be fun, 
then came back after his prior committments to 
finish off his good time! As for me, I had a great 
time visiting everyone. I hope that you will all 
keep in touch. My esteemed career keeps me 
busy with travel and long hours, but I do love it. 
In my spare time I volunteer for a homeless 
shelter and commute to Iowa City, where my 
most recent flame is working on his Ph.D. Love 
to All!!! Abby. 


10th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

John Nye, Secretary 
Harding Road, RR 4, Box 517, Clinton, NY 13323 

T Barbara Mackay-Smith writes, "Still 
living and working in Tokyo— teaching English 
and freelancing. Any alums in town be sure to 
give me a call: Tokyo (03) 5300-9690." T John 
Krigbaum is still living in NYC, pursuing Ph.D. 
in anthropology, working at Pfizer, Inc., research- 
ing in East Africa. Get ready for reunion bash 
'92! T Brian Freeman is teaching at Harvard. 


Rebecca Lapham, Secretary 
3 Prospect Court, Marblehead, MA 01945 

▼ David Dow writes, "In June I toured 
England for about two weeks. In particular I 
stayed in London for five days and Exeter for 
about four. Some of the sights I saw were the 
Tower of London, the Roman baths at Bath, 
excellent productions of Richard HJ and Cyrano 
de Bergerac, and the Queen of England during a 
parade." ▼ Sarah Breed is teaching eighth 
graders in the inner city public school in San 
Francisco, and coming to Boston this summer 
for a friend's wedding. T Stephanie McFaddin is 
working for the city of L.A. and planning to 
return to school in the fall to complete studies in 
civil engineering. Surviving daughter, Sakae, says 

hello. T Would really like to hear from Page 
Tyler. ▼ John Richards married Maureen Ellerd 
on September 29, 1990 and purchased a house 
on the road towards Good Harbor Beach in 
Gloucester. ▼ Torn Malay is working as a 
product engineer in CT. ▼ Bart Calder has just 
finished his computer science grad studies at 
UNH. Congrats and good luck with your job 
search, Bart! T Laurianne Nester has recently 
moved into a new condo, and is still enjoying her 
job in public relations for Boca Magazine in 
Boca Raton, FL. T Greg Menyhart is back in 
Cocoa Beach, working in the production aspect 
of Migrandy. T Daniel P. McLaughlin is getting 
married May 15, 1992, and he just bought a two- 
family home in Quincy, MA. T James Bernier is 
working in Global Accounts at Shawmut Bank in 
Quincy, MA. He will be leaving Shawmut in June 
to travel to Europe prior to obtaining his MBA in 
international business at Carnegie Mellon. T 
Wendy Stetson writes, "The summer has been 
great as usual in Vermont. I am still making org- 
anic pizzas in a wood-fired earthen oven, and 
enjoying life in Vermont." ▼ Karen Gronberg 
started a new job at the Dana Farber Cancer 
Institute, and is awaiting our new class trophy to 
be delivered. ▼ Karen Fasciano also started a 
new job at the Good Start Program. She is the 
Program Coordinator for Good Start, which in- 
volves helping counsel single teenage mothers. 
▼ Jim Rose is living in Brookline, and is going 
to be attending Boston University Graduate 
School for Health Management in the fall. ▼ 
Peter Riley will be going to Andover Law 
School. ▼ Lori Whitney who went to dinner 
with Peter Riley and Steve and Ericka Nichol- 
son, is working full-time at Bottom Line Techno- 
logies in Exeter. 


Christine Romboletti, Secretary 
6618 East Wakfield Drive, Bl, Alexandria. VA 22307 

T The summer has brought us its usual 
surprises and changes! Although at press time I 
had not received postcards from too many class- 
mates (My guess is that summer vacations and 
trips to far-off places have resulted in piles of yet 
unopened mail!), those I did hear from certainly 
have big news for us! T Stefan Marculewicz is 
about to start his second year at Catholic 
University Law School. Stefan is still in the D.C.- 
metro area, and spent an exciting summer 
interning at a Latin American legal clinic. He 
plans to start work at the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration this fall! ▼ David 
Gould has also been spotted around Washington 
— and was reportedly working at the American 
Red Cross! T Hank Freidman has quit his job 
at the American Ski Association, but remains in 
Boston. ▼ Hank sends word that Krista 
Hennessey is doing very well! T News from the 
west coast is brought to us by Bill Tempel. Bill 

36 The Archon - Fall 1991 

has just returned from France, where he was 
busy pursuing a new career in acting/modeling. 
Bill is engaged, and plans to move from San Jose 
to southern California soon — to continue his 
new career path. Wedding bells are ringing for 
another classmate! ▼ This time it is John 
Barton! John writes that he will be finishing up 
his master's degree in civil engineering in 
December and will then be married in January. 
Congrats! ▼ Elizabeth Tuthill is back in 
Cambridge, just completing graduate work at 
Harvard in higher education planning and policy, 
and job searching. As for me, I too have moved 
and now live in a condo just outside D.C.! I wish 
you all a good fall season! For all of you who 
may have sent in postcards but missed the press 
deadline, "Never fear!" I will be sure to include 
all of your notes, weddings, births and good news 
in the next edition! 


Katrina Russo Ramsey, Secretary 
112 Main Street, Apt. 1, Westfield, MA 01085 

T Suzie Black has been working as a 
paralegal for the past two years, and will be 
entering Vermont Law School in the fall. T Sam 
Blatchford is doing well, running a branch office 
of Can Am Steel in Yarmouth, ME. Sam also 
says that he and Ann Marie have another child 
on the way. T Dan Collins is working for Bell in 
Boston. He is engaged. T Dennis Gately writes 
that he's living a few blocks from Pacific Beach 
in California and working on his Ph.D. in cancer 
research. T Greg Warden is finishing up his 
master's degree in computer science at Rensse- 
laer. He says he's spending his time playing bass 
guitar and bridge (the card game). Greg is going 
to give himself a year off to travel before starting 
on a Ph.D. somewhere. T Andrew Menyhart 
writes: I'm entering my final year in law school at 
Capital University in Columbus, OH. My wife and 
I enjoyed seeing classmates at the 5th reunion 
and hope to see all again. T Please, Mike 
Huggard "CAL" write or call. T George 
Hasapadis is now in Ft. Rucker in Alabama for 
some professional and civilian schooling. He'll be 
there at least until March, then on to wherever. 
T Paula Goldberg reports that life has been 
going well. She just switched jobs and took a 
month off to travel through China and Southeast 
Asia — which was incredible. Then she spent a 
couple of weeks at her summer house in West- 
hampton. Paula's new job is at Wassertein 
Perella, a mergers and aquisitions boutique in 
New York City. Her hours have been long, but 
she's enjoying it. Paula sends her best to 
everyone. ▼ Kelly Vandal is living in Boston and 
working at Talbots in the Burlington Mall. 
Anyone in the Boston area: stop by to see her! 
T Meredith Lazo is returning to Cambridge to 
work on her MBA at Harvard. ▼ Diane Franjos 
has been teaching art to children and living with 

Jeannie Smith in Boston. Both are back in 
school working on master's degrees. ▼ Sean 
Mahoney is living in San Francisco and working 
in the world of high finance. ▼ Andrew Allen 
writes: "Another wonderful summer in South 
Florida! Didn't make it up to Maine this summer 
to enjoy the beauty and serenity, so I took some 
time off to go to the Keys. There's a wonderful 
woman in my life and plenty of work. What more 
can I ask for?" T Jim Tagg is living in Orlando, 
FL, and things are going well. He was promoted 
to senior consultant of a firm called Burlington 
Wells Inc. He recently spent time in Mexico 
scuba diving. Jim lifts weights a lot, has no plans 
to marry yet, and is looking to buy some invest- 
ment properties. T Becky Chase is now Becky 
Werner! She got married on August 24th in the 
Moseley Chapel at Governor Dummer. Her hus- 
band Mike is from Gray, ME which is outside of 
Portland. They met in college and moved, last 
October, to Seattle, where Mike works for Micro- 
soft and Beck manages a YMCA facility. Congra- 
tulations Becky! T Dinah Daley and Nathalie 
Ames were out in Seattle to visit Becky and 
Esmee Huggard this summer. Dinah is still living 
in Cambridge working for Alex Brown Company. 
Nathalie is living in Chicago, working for a fund 
that gives money to environmental organizations. 
Esmee has moved from Seattle to San Francisco 
as of September. T Cheryl D'Souza is now 
Cheryl Thackston! Cheryl was married on June 
15 to James Robert Thackston. He is an accoun- 
tant in the Marine Corps. Cheryl got her master's 
degree in May from Boston University, and is 
now a first year student at B.U. School of Medi- 
cine. Soon Cheryl and James will be moving to 
Brookline. Congratulations, Cheryl! T Victoria 
deLisle is engaged to Edel Faulkner Blanks III, 
and will be married next February. ▼ Raquel 
Ardito-Barletta will be a bridesmaid in the 
wedding, and the newlyweds plan to honeymoon 
in Portugal. Vicky has one more year of law 
school left, and will work for a law firm in New 
Orleans after the bar exam. Best wishes Vicky! 
T Roslyn Pechet-Mundlak graduated from Flor- 
ida International Fine Arts College with a degree 
in interior design, and also got a B.A. in busi- 
ness administration from B.U. in 1988. Roslyn 
has a new address: P.O. Box 403474, Miami 
Beach, FL 33140, (305) 532-2131. As for me, 
things have been going well. I'm still working for 
Merck Sharp & Dohme selling pharmaceuticals. 
My husband Steve and I just moved into a house 
on a lake in a tiny Massachusetts town called 
Monson. We love the peacefulness, and our 
dalmation Heidi loves the space to run. We're 
just over an hour from Boston and plan to be 
seeing all the Boston folks more frequentiy than 
we have in the past! By the same token, we love 
to have visitors! Hope to be hearing from even 
more friends for the next Archon. Take care! 


Monique Proulx, Secretary 
Builder's Resources, RR #2, Box 146, Richmond, VT 05477 


5th Class Reunion 
June 12, 13, 14 

Jim Andriotakis, Secretary 

12 Dexter Lane, Newburyport, MA 01950 

▼ Hello Class of '87! While poor Taco is 
off sunbathing in Greece, I'm writing this brief 
note for the Archon to keep in touch with all of 
you. I really don't have all the connections Taco 
seems to have, and so the news about our class 
this month is pretty slim. T Some major events 
are, Anita Russo was married in July. Wow and 
Congratulations, Anita! T Diana Stram leaves 
in November for two-and-a-half years in the 
Peace Corps in Africa! ▼ Lyndsay Rowan is 
home briefly from Europe, and leaves for Jack- 
son Hole, soon. I hope she can handle all the 
skiing! T Karen Patton is moving to Washing- 
ton, D.C. and will job hunt there instead of in 
N.H. T Rob Delena is home, also after 
graduation, and plans to attend law school after 
this year of rest. T He's seen Kip Brown, Greg 
Waldman, Dave Bonenko, Pam Chase and 
other GDA people in Boston, testing out the bar 
scene. Taco is indeed suffering in Greece, but 
soon will start the easy life (not) interning at Mt. 
Sinai Hospital in NYC, and also at University of 
Connecticut in chemistry. (Yes, he's still studying 
Chemistry.) Then he begins med school. (Dr. 
Taco?) ▼ Andy Rockwell is MIA. Any informa- 
tion leading to his whereabouts is greatly appre- 
ciated. T Jon Fosdick received a bachelor of 
arts degree in anthropology from Lawrence 
University in June. T Kristin Labrie finishes 
Union this year, and is doing well. ▼ Jenn Tbdd 
and I graduated from Skidmore in May and no. 
we don't know what we're going to do next so 
don't ask. I think we're all finding ourselves 
back at home with some wanted or unwanted 
spare time. Keep writing us with the exciting 
news of your lives — or the boring stuff which 
we all relate to! Our 5th reunion is next June, 
— yes, it really is. It should be fun (bizarre!) to 
see everyone again, and I hope your plans 
include that weekend (June 12-14). I need help 
planning things to do, so if anyone has ideas, 
get in touch to ensure a great time Good luck 
and take care. Amy Mack. 


Meganne Murphy, Secretary 
6 Spruce Meadow Drive. North Hampton. SH 03862 

T Hello everyone! Thanks for your many 
responses. Keep sending things in! T Hugh 
Ogilvie was two-thirds through his law degree 

The Archon - Fall 1991 37 

Class Notes 

when I last heard from him. He hopes to go on 
to law school, and then on to work in London. 
He's still Music Editor for his university paper, 
and sends his love to the class of '88. T Regina 
Glanzburg is alive and well at Franklin & Mar- 
shall as a biology major. She's active on the 
tennis team and chorus, and even made Dean's 
List! She manages to use her time wisely, al- 
though it doesn't always include biology. ▼ 
Megan Heersink is a senior at Lawrence 
University in Wisconsin. She spent the spring 
term studying in London and the summer back- 
packing in Europe. T Deanna Giamette spent 
her summer working for Congressman Mavroul- 
es, and hopes to go on to Washington after 
graduation. ▼ Pat Colgate says, "I'm still 
attending Weber State University. I was an R.A. 
for two years, and now I'm leading a normal life. 
I should graduate in the next ten years or so." 
Aren't you exaggerating a bit, Pat? ▼ Reena 
Manimalethu has one more year left of elec- 
trical engineering in Milwaukee. T Jill Goldman 
spent her spring semester in London, and will 
be graduating from Ithaca this spring. She ran 
into Dave Macklem who is studying communi- 
cations at Syracuse. T Chris Dennison is hav- 
ing a great time at Roger Williams. He spent 
the summer travelling and is looking forward to 
heading into the mountains with his dog and his 
Jeep. Chris is pre-law, and plans to go to law 
school. T Liz Learg had just returned from two 
weeks in eastern Switzerland when I heard from 
her. Music and riding take up most of her time 
these days, and she'll be graduating from Whea- 
ton in the spring. T Lisa Sweeey will be grad- 
uating from Iowa in December and going on to 
graduate school with a degree in geology. She is 
hoping to get a master's in education. She's still 
on the field hockey circuit as well. ▼ Petica 
Barry was lost in Alaska this summer. ▼ Chris 
D'Orio ran in a triathalon-relay with Matt Caron 
and Mart's dad Paul. They ran as Team Oswego. 
(Very Funny). ▼ Chris has also seen Andy 
Noel, and given tennis lessons to David 
Lampert '71 at the Essex County Club. T 
Jenny Reynolds is hoping to go to music school 
in California next year. After all, more people 
get discovered in California! John Meyers will 
be a senior at Hamilton College, and he is 
interested in acting. He went to Mr. Wann's 
wedding this summer in Maine. T Damon 
Kinzie worked as an intern in the Vermont 
House of Representatives this summer, in 
addition to working at U.P.S. and a Morgan 
horse farm. He'll be graduating from U.V.M. in 
the spring, and hopes to go to law school. ▼ 
Cindy Draper spent a year in Spain, and will 
return to Mount Holyoke for her senior year. T 
Chrissy Rivela is attending college in Florida. 
T Jon Morriseau is finishing up school in 
Florida with degrees in English and French. He 
hopes to get back to New England for graduate 
school. When he first wrote, he was on his way 

to France for the summer. He said he'd miss the 
company of ▼ Mark Juba, who graduated from 
FSU this summer. Congratulations! Mark was a 
summer intern at Channel 56 in Boston this 
summer. Well, that's all folks! Keep those letters 
coming. I am still at Hampshire College, doing a 
double major in Italian and English. I had a 
great summer in Boulder, working as a hostess 
and taking a class. Take care, and don't hesitate 
to call. 


Jennifer Katz, Secretary 
32 Berrywood Lane, Beverly, MA 01915 

▼ Kevin Brewster says that although he 
is attending Homboldt University in California, 
he will be living on the waterfront in Boston for 
the summer. He's working for a hospice program. 


Margo Doyle, Secretary 
26 Locust Street, Marblehead, MA 01945 

▼ Hi everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed 
your summers and are getting settled into our 
SECOND year of college life. It seems as if 
everyone had a very busy summer, but always 
made time to have some fun! T Jada Olsen 
writes that she is going to school this fall at 
UNH. She's planning on majoring in engineering 
there and can't wait to start classes. T Heather 
Knapp has relocated to New Jersey, and wants to 
say hi to all of her friends. ▼ I received an enor- 
mous card from, I'm assuming, Kyrie Stevens 
(but I'm really not sure!!). Anyway, this person 


Tbdd Dixon '90 is the first-string wide receiver on 

the Wake Forest University's Demon Deacons. 

spent the summer working at a tattoo parlor. He 
also spent time with Jon Costello '89. He's 
starting at Suffolk University this fall, and hopes 
to be playing basketball. He says "hi, and miss 
you" to his friends. ▼ Molly Jerabek had a great 
summer in Newport, RI, where she was living 
with friends from St. Lawrence. She can't wait to 
return to school. ▼ Danielle Kealler had an 
exciting summer, travelling in New Mexico and 
swimming with the dolphins in the Abaco 
Bahamas. ▼ She also saw Alex Pinsky, Amy 
Shafmaster, Beth Ashby and Mike Yeagley. T 
Shannon Davenport spent the summer working 
in Rye, NH, and visiting friends. She also 
competed in the Junior Nationals for track in 
late June. ▼ Kevin O'Handley had "the best 
summer" working as a counselor at a camp in 
Maine. He is looking forward to going back to 
school and spending time at his parents' new 
house in Maine. ▼ I saw Kevin Lydon '89 a lot 
this summer around Marblehead. In early August 
he and his parents had a reunion that was tons 
of fun. ▼ There were several people from both 
classes of '88 and '89, but the class of '90 was 
represented by Brian Payne, Kathryn DiNanno 
and Brendan Daly. (Sorry if I forgot your 
name...!) I think everyone enjoyed it! Brian and 
Paul are returning to Lake Forest. Paul is espe- 
cially excited to start classes again! Kathryn had 
a good summer, and said she saw several people. 
Brendan came with Alex Moody '89. He is doing 
very well, and says hi to all of his friends. Well, 
here's the news that you have all been waiting 
AROUND DECEMBER!! This is not a joke. I 
personally went to GDA and sat down with the 
yearbook advisor, Jeff Kelly, and we worked all 
day to begin completing the final pages of the 
book. So, expect it in the mail around Christmas 
time! Therefore, it is important that you all send 
me your new addresses so that your copy does 
not get lost in the mail. Thanks for all your 
letters. KEEP WRITING!! 


Nicole LaTour, Secretary 
4 Pelham Road, Weston, MA 02193 


T Well, the Class of '91 is now officially 
alumni. Much of the class remained together for 
post-graduation celebrations. T Ex-officio Win 
Rinkle joined in for the festivities. He's fine, just 
graduated and is off to B.U. in the fall. ▼ Billy 
Batchelder and Brian Novelline played baseball 
together in Andover, and saw a lot of Lindsey 
Miller and Catherine Tuthill, who were both 
camp counselors. Catherine is now at Georgetown, 
and having a great time. T Her first weekend 
there Jason Uttam paid a visit He likes N.C. 
State and is rushing very soon. ▼ Alexis Colby 
spent most of her time by the pool and the beach 
with Karen Queen who was forever searching to 

38 The Archon - Fall 1991 

be employed. T Ruby Van Loan stayed in NH 
this summer and saw Stacey Piacente several 
times. T Andy Tanton and Dave Graichen were 
stonemasons on a farm in Maryland. Dave will be 
playing Jr. A Hockey in Iowa for the Huskies of 
Mason City in the USHL. T Mia Lindenfelzer 
roamed around Byfield this summer, which was 
good city preparation for NYU, right Mia' T 
Leah Colangelo spent six weeks in Europe, play- 
ing on a national soccer team. She also made her 
stage debut with Tbby Levine at Reggae Sun- 
splash. T Toby is looking forward to becoming a 
southern belle, and Isolde Karro will be able to 
help her out when they room together at Emory. 
▼ Regan Jones loved being a nanny in Matapois- 
set, and spent a great deal of time with Tyler 

Maheu '92. T Dave Corbett learned the meaning 
of labor this summer as he worked two jobs. He 
hung out with me every once in a while when he 
had a minute off. T On the west coast Scott 
McLeod writes that he has spent most of his sum- 
mer in California. He spent a month taking a 
course at U.S.C. which helped get ready for school 
there in the fall. ▼ Both Tbny Cohen and Leslie 
McCant were out in CA, and they were all able to 
get together. Scott's major event of the summer 
was he obtained his competition driver's licence, 
and he has been racing cars. Motorists of the 
world beware! This is an exciting time for all of 
us. A new adventure has begun. I wish you all the 
best of luck in all of your endeavors. Please keep 
in touch! EES 

Lacrosse Line-up: 

Turning out for last spring's alumnae lacrosse game were (front row, l-r) Pam Kidd '93, Rachel Haynes 
'93, Michelle Paradis '91, Lisa Widdecke '92, Cara Endyke '93, Susie Childs, Saundra Watson '93. Back 
row (l-r) Dawn Morrill '93, Dierdre Heersink '92, Anne Rogers '92, Katie Mack '93, Anne Weitzman '88, 
Margot Doyle 90, Ruby Van Loan '91, Karen Queen '91, Sally Jarrett, Kara Moheban 88, Susan Perry 
81, Kerry Campbell 90, Patti Crowe Grayson Cunningham '90, Lindsay Miller '91, Catherine Tuttle 91, 
Amy Daniels '92. 

The Archon - Fall 1991 39 

From the Alumni Council 

by John S. Mercer '64 

Dancing in the Lightning 

When I was at Harvard in the late 60s, 
I used to watch with interest the older 
classes in the graduation procession. They 
led the procession. These old men, some 
from the classes of the late 1800s, would 
return annually to march at the procession's 
head, always hoping, I thought, that they 
would be the oldest; the first in line. As I 
grew, I realized that perhaps they returned 
in some vague, unphrased hope of ending 
their lives among their dearest friends, amid 
their fondest memories. Such was the power 
of Harvard at that time that I could have 
reached such a conclusion, and that such a 
conclusion just might have been true. 

The reunion this summer offered me 
just such an opportunity. On Saturday night 
of the reunion, my wife Florence and I re- 
turned to campus to dance under the stars. 
But there were no stars, though there was a 
tent and a disc jockey. Most of the reunion 
classes had planned special events, so the 
numbers under the tent in front of the 
Phillips building were small. Rain was fall- 
ing; the skies were often lit by jagged stripes 
of lightning. What could Florence and I do 
but dance? The lightning intensified, each 
sudden flash accompanied by a loud and 
unpleasant crackling through the DJ's sound 
system. The music tempo seemed to in- 
crease. Soon only a few were dancing, then 
only Florence and I. The others had shown 
the intelligence to back away from the 
crackling PA system. But I seemed caught in 
an opportunity Governor had supplied, an 
opportunity as elegant as that offered to 
nonagenarians in Harvard's graduation 
procession supplied. 

When I had arrived at the reunion on 
Friday, I was worried that few people would 
be showing up. Several other graduates and 
1 had agreed to work at the registration 
table helping to get reunioneers settled. We 
seemed to have time on our hands. But as 

the afternoon waned toward evening, bus- 
iness picked up, as did my spirits. By the 
time of the cocktail party on the patio 
behind the Kaiser Arts Center, a good 
crowd had gathered. Not a sell-out, but a 
convivial, talkative crowd. 

During the morning on Saturday, after 
the procession of the classes, I faced a near 
sell-out crowd at the Alumni Association's 
Annual meeting. After awards to the reun- 
ioneers from the farthest both in distance 
(Julio Ortega-Samper '41 from Bogota, 
Colombia) and in graduating class (Storer 
Humphreys '22 of Newbury, MA), we heard 
from Tim Greene, outgoing Alumni Fund 
Chairman. Soon after his presentation, Tim 
was honored as "Alumnus of the Year/' in a 
witty and appreciative recognition by George 
McGregor '41. Headmaster Bragdon spoke 
forthrightly about the aims of the school 
and the actions planned to assure the 
school's perseverance and competitiveness. 

In my report to the Association, I 
reviewed the year's work and introduced a 
change in our bylaws, which change was 
passed unanimously. The vote erased the 
Board of Governors and, in fact, even erased 
the Alumni Association. From now on, 
alumni affairs will be headed by an Alumni 
Council made up of both selected Class 
Secretaries and Agents and of selected 
members of the Alumni at large. And the 
Alumni will no longer be an association, but 
just alumni. But these changes are more 
than simply a juggling of names; they should 
allow our alumni leadership to be more 
broadly representative of the alumni and to 
take action more quickly and decisively. 

On Saturday afternoon, I finally got to 
hear Sam Robbins '41 do his gallery tour in 
the Art Center. This was the third or fourth 
of his talks. A grouping of paintings from 
Sam's collection had been showing at the 
school's gallery since May 5 under the title of 

"100 Years of American Still-Life Painting: 
1865-1965." To see and hear an alumnus in 
his milieu, amid the paintings he knows 
thoroughly and loves without reservation, 
was, for me at least, the high point of the 
reunion weekend. His intimate knowledge of 
the artists represented, of their stylistic 
niceties, and of their personal strengths and 
foibles was entrancing. To me, such a presen- 
tation is just what the reunions can do well: 
they can allow us to see our fellow graduates 
in their engaging best. They can even occas- 
ionally educate us in topics and in ways we 
had not foreseen. 

The church service on Sunday, well 
attended and affecting, was a useful cush- 
ioned landing from the festivities preceding 
it. The alumni choir was in good voice, and 
when Art Sager asked for volunteers on the 
final piece, "The Senior Song," at least a few 
of us could not refrain from joining the choir. 

Taking all of this together, I see that 
the dance in the lightning supplied excite- 
ment, my unfounded worries about atten- 
dance brought tension, the Alumni Assoc- 
iation meeting offered a kind of regularity, 
and the Sam Robbins' presentation yielded 
delight, both human and aesthetic. Not bad 
for a weekend's activities. 

Now some advice for those of you in 
classes ending the numbers '2' and 7'. Plan 
early, meet often and canvass your whole 
class for ideas. And make sure that if you 
have class members willing and able to 
entertain and educate each other that your 
reunion activities supply them with a forum 
in which to do so. At Reunion '91, classes 
that had organized well not only had whole- 
hearted attendance but also had programs 
most germane to their class members. Mem- 
bers of classes that had organized less well 
had to scramble; some even had to dance in 
the lightning. S3 

S. California Council 
Spreads Word 

The Southern California Alumni 
Council, guided by Dick Patton '50, contin- 
ues to find innovative ways of meeting their 
mission of keeping alumni involved and 
spreading the admissions network. 

"We're finding success on both 
fronts," reports Patton. The second SCAC 
special meeting will be held at a practice of 

the Los Angeles Kings at the L.A. Forum 
February 16. After the practice, the alumni 
will meet with Kings General Manager 
Rogie Vachon P'90 and Kings players. 

SCAC members, supplied with Aca- 
demy catalogs, also are spreading the word 
about GDA to their friends and business 
associates. (Currently there are 14 Southern 
California students enrolled at GDA.) 

"An alumnus or alumna representing 
his or her school has a real impact on 

prospective students," Patton said. Patton 
urges other alumni around the country to 
do the same, noting that both catalogs and 
guidance are available from Admissions 
Director Michael Moonves. 

The SCAC includes Dick Bittner '50, 
Sarah Bradshaw '83, Meredith Miller 78, 
Stephanie McFaddin '83, David Agger '83, 
Wilfred Poon '67, Rick Robbins '69, Ted 
Bergmann '37 and Howard Zuker '57. 

40 The Archon - Fall 1991 

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